debikk's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 31 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage IIC

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    • debikk
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Ovarian cancer

    Oh No

    I was 24 years old and I had a little basketball belly. My periods were always very irregular so I didn't really notice any changes except my belly. We (my fiance and I) went to the doctor to find out how far along I was and to get vitamins and any other information we may need. Pregnancy tests came back negative so doc decides to do an ultrasound due to the basketball belly. He saw a mass on my ovary and said I needed to have a biopsy done. I didn't panic ...not problem. He said if he had to he would remove part or possibly all of one ovary but I would still have one left to get pregnant in the future. Now, in 1986, they didn't have the little in and out surgery with the three tiny incissions on your tummy. So I had the cut from hip to hip. When I woke up after the surgery, I knew something was wrong when I looked at my mom, dad and fiance' David> I could tell they had all been crying. My mom came to my side and bent down to me and whispered in my ear, "You have cancer" and she began to cry and said, "I would give anything to trade places with you, I love you". I am still not getting it. You see, I didn't really know anything about cancer and I certainly never associated death with it. So I didn't understand why they were so upset. I didn'tm get upset until she told me that they had to take both ovaries and that I could not have children. Then I was devastated.

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    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I went in to have a cyst removed from one of my ovaries ....when I woke up I had acomplete hysterectomy and was told I had cancer. So no, it didn't go as expected. This was also my introduction to severe depression.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    At the time of my chemo ...cisplatin and cytoxin were still in expeiramental stage I believe. Every 26 (or as my body allowed) days I would be admitted to the hospital for two days.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Almost two years after my diagnosis and plenty of sick days through chemo... I was technically in remission. My hospice nurses through me a little party with non alcoholic bubbly, balloons and flowers with my husband and I! Life was good

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    • debikk
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    When first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I just had the attitude, "ok, I'm sick, what medicine do I take to get better". It wasn't until preparation for chemotherapy when my Dr. pretty much told me I wouldn't be here this time the following year, that it hit me. He told me I should start making my funeral arrangements so that my family would not have that burden. That is when I slipped into a deep depression. I was afraid and sad, crying all the time. I was going to die and I was only 24. I was not only being robbed of motherhood, but of life entirely.

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