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    One more thing, I never had a relaps... Chemo was exhausting, but totally doable...

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    Welcome to our WhatNext Family... Sorry you had to look for us, but you've found the right spot. I was 62 when I heard the words... Stage IV Ovarian Cancer... Wow.... The first thing they did was to refer me to a Gynecologic Oncoligust Surgeon...(They were created just for us Ovarian Cancer patients) My referring doctor told me they were so new that I was getting one of three in the state of Minnesota. And we have U or M Medical School and of course, the Mayo Clinic.... You're lucky ... it's been 13 year and there are a quite a number of them out there. Mine did his exam, then referred me off to get many tests... Heart, lungs, (I'd had a hysterectomy at 45 - but when I'd asked back then, they said I was much too young to lose them, and they looked healthy).....(Just to let you know, the colonoscopy was almost a breeze) But glad they did them all. Then he scheduled my debulking surgery.... He said he wouldn't know for sure what stage I was till he was in there. Discovered it in January, he did the surgery Feb. 23, 2006. He woke me and told me what he'd removed, A 39 pound tumor, and both ovaries. Then he very carefully scraped all the cancer he could see from my intestines (he knew it hadn't grown in by the colonoscopy) my urethra, my fat pads... Wow.. Then He said. Stage IV prior to surgery. but he'd upgraded me to a IIIC... Wow.. Then I asked him how long I had. He answere slowly and his hand made a fist.... "six months" and he punched the door... I was still quite doped up, but I remember telling God I was terrified! - Immediately my fear was gone... I started being my logical self... I did the math... I'd die in August.. my kids wouldn't freeze at my funeral.... I then asked God to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. Here I am 13 years and six months later. He led me here to read your post just now and let you know you can beat this!!!! But please find a Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon. Then do what he asks of you..... Mine told me it was my 'positive attitue' that helped get me through.... I'll pray that you have one close by.... As a follow up, a few years back, my regular doctor did an internal and we were chatting away.... "CAROL SHUT UP!!!!' My hand flew upward, and I felt the Lord's had holding mine... He said "Carol, I'm still here!" then my doctor said..." I'm sorry Carol, I did the biopsy and can see it's not cancer... I'm sorry for scaring you! I'll send it in, but I know... and it wasn't. God sent me the perfect doctor.. May He bless you and keep you!

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    Question: Any options?

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    Would you recommend the surgery? My surgeon says not sure worthwhile as cannot get it all and will only add few months. Says my current health means recovery time longer? So confused on whether to have them remove tumors or not. T

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      Carol-Charlie

      I had a Gynecologic Oncolagist Surgeon do my surgery.... He removed all the cancer he could see....told me I had about six months.... Then I told him I wanted to fight....He smiled and said "You want to fight Carol, we'll fight. When he looked at the results of the PET CT Scan..... It revealed he had removed all the cancer. He told me we would do the six months of strong chemo 3 infusions a month .... When that was completed he asked me to do 12 more months of just one infusion a month. I did that.. This took place from Feb. 06 through august 86...then completed the 12 months in Sept 07...Someone lost count and they gave me one more month.... I HAVE BEEN CANCER FREE THROUGH TODAY!!!!! we have eight children, 20 grandchildren, and in August will have our t0th great granddaughter...... I was 62 at diagnosis, and next Friday I'll celebrate my 76th Birthday.. My surgeon wanted me to do the chemo...to kill any small cell that might be waiting to do me in. Would I do it again....Heck YES.... Now I have to wrap the darling pink dresses I bought for a baby shower next month. We had a gender reveal party last week..... It's a girl!!!!!!! Don't give up without a fight is my thought.

      3 months ago
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      Saw4750

      Thanks.

      3 months ago