thebluebird11's Journey with Serous Type

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer > Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma > Serous Type

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 16 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage 0

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had noticed at some point some "pulling" type of pains in my right lower quadrant abdominal area (like where your appendix is). I didn't think much of it, because they mainly occurred if I got up from a seated position, and were really "no big deal." As they started to occur more frequently (e.g. when turning over in bed, getting in/out of car, etc), and I was due for a regular GYN appointment anyway, I went to see my GYN. I am a physician assistant and my GYN had known me for many years, so he didn't blow off my concerns. He offered to do an ultrasound, and it didn't show much, but it recommended doing a CT scan. So we did that. It showed multiple unusual findings, all vague, but concerning for possible colon cancer on the right. I then had a colonoscopy, but it was completely normal. The only thing left to do was go inside and look. We expected to find an ovarian cyst, since I'd had them before, including one that had ruptured. I almost canceled the surgery, thinking I was making a big deal about nothing, but you know, it was already booked, and I figured what the XXX, just let him look, if it's a cyst he can remove it. So I went ahead and on a Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM I was wheeled into the OR (operating room).

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    When I woke up in the recovery room a few hours later, my GYN came in and told me I had an appointment with an oncologist the following week. He told me they had found a cancer flapping in the breeze (well, that's how it looks in the photos he took) on my right ovary. I got home a while later and was nauseated from the anesthesia. I called my father and told him, and asked him to bring me chicken soup the next day. Unfortunately, he apparently had "more important" things to do. So I was on my own. I felt fine the next day, physically, but obviously freaked out mentally. However, I was reassured by my GYN that it was reportedly a "borderline ovarian cancer," (which to me meant not-quite-cancer). And they didn't see anything else unusual during the procedure; in fact, the surgeon who had done my colonoscopy was present during the procedure, so they really did a good long look around in there.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Met with GYN-Oncology (surgeon)

    Other Care

    The following week, I went to the oncologist. I told him I was a PA. In fact, a pA friend of mine used to work for him. I had brought my operative report, the intraoperative photos and the permanent pathology report with me. He looked it over, examined me, said he recommended a radical hysterectomy, since whatever had caused the problem on the right, could cause a problem on the left. But he said that if I wanted to have another child before they operated, I could wait, because it was "borderline ovarian cancer." I laughed and said, "I'm 44 and divorced, not planning on any more kids." But I wanted to wait til June when school was out and I would not have to worry about who would chauffeur my daughter to school. I figured if they could wait 9 months for me to have a baby, they could wait til June to do the surgery. He agreed, and told me to return in December for a check-up. In between that appointment in August and the appointment in December, I asked my regular GYN if he could do that surgery. He didn't want to take a chance. I even went for a second opinion at the University of Miami with a GYN-Onc I used to know. He said the same thing, I could wait til June. So, I hummed along and honestly my right lower quadrant pains were gone, my life was totally normal. I made my follow-up appointment for the morning of 12/27/2001, and made afternoon dentist appointments for me and my daughter.

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

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