cancergirl50's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage IIIC

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Money

    Oh No

    Although insurance covers most of the medical costs, the numerous co pays, gas, and costs of meds kept adding up. I work for the county and we receive no disability. We are reliant on the contributions of co workers...if they donate hours to us, then we receive a paycheck. I did not have enough hours to cover my absence during treatment so I did not receive full paychecks. My partner lost her job. Mounting bills, copays, meds, insurance, mortgage...all led to bankruptcy and I lost my house. At the age of 49, my partner and I moved in with my father...a man who doesn't recognize our relationship even after 17 years.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    More than one year after my last treatment, I still deal with fatigue, confusion, short-term memory loss, pain, neuropathy, insomnia...the list goes on. The bright side is that I am alive.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The fisrt surgical procedure performed was a total hysterectomy. This was performed three days after my initial diagnosis. During my first rounds of chemo, zI was sent to a The cancer was back. More chemo...surgery was going to have to wait. I fianlly underwent the double mastectomy last year.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Infusion itself is not hard. Watching a nurse put a needle into my vein became customary. The side effects quickly went from managable to horrible. Diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, bone pain, fatigue, hair loss, sesitivity to the sun, hot flashes, and weight gain were dealt with nearly everyday throughout my infusion cycles. I still experience most of these effects in addition to short term memory loss and confusion.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    Nine years befor my own diagnosis, I lost my mother to the same cancer I battle today. Losing my house and other material things will never compare to living my life without the one person I admire most. Through that lose, I have been able to realize that my struggle and my fight will never cease. I will continue this fight for the rest of my life.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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