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    Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer! I had surgery - they removed a 39 pound tumor... yup...39 pounds.... they also scraped all the cancer they could see from my intestines, urethra and 'fat pads'... My Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon resembled Doogie Houser.. And he knew what to do. When I woke up, he was there and told me all that he had done... plus he'd inserted a port on a rib for doing Chemo infusions directly into my abdominal cavity--- to just slosh around into the 'nooks and crannies". Now when first diagnosed, I was terrified... I told God that I was terrified... I asked Him to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. He did.... My fear left instantly - replaced by a wonderful sense of peace.... I find my fear only returns when I think I can take control of this..... "Let go and let God"... has guided me through... Here I am twelve years and eight months later... from age 62 to 74... from watching our eight children (blend of my three sons and his three daughters and two sons) get married and start families.... to watching our grandchildren get married and we're up to five Great Grand Children... Oh MY.... God is Good... all the time. A year or so ago, my doctor spotted something... "Carol... hold on, I'm seeing something I don't like.... I'm going to grab a biopsy ....". My hand flew up, and I swear... I felt HIS grip on my hand and heard his words within my brain...."CAROL...I'm still here"... a minuter later my doctor said... "Oh Carol... I'm sorry I scared you... I think I know what it is... I'll still send it in for analysis... but I'm sure it's benign! It was!. We're here for you... and you know that one day, maybe today, you'll read someone's post... and your answer will be the one they're looking for. God bless you!

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      God bless you Carol for your very inspiring words! It is a genuine comfort to have so many people "understand" what I'm going through. God is Good and I give more and more of myself to him everyday. The waiting to start treatment is so hard and it leaves so much time to just dwell in my thoughts :( I need to get better at asking for what I need but I've been an introvert my whole life and this is so hard for me to do. Thank you!!

      15 days ago
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    welcome to our WhatNext family.... We're sorry you needed to join, but you'll be so glad you found us.... I was diagnosed with Stage IV Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in January of 2006... I immediately told God how terrified I was. He immediately removed my fear an I could think rationally again. They Referred to a Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon (Brand new to the world back then) Thank God!!!! He operated and removed every bit of cancer he could see. He removed the 39 pound tumor...(Really, I thought I was just getting 'old' fat) Then he removed my ovaries and scraped all the cancer he could see from my intestines and urethra... and took out a 'fat pad' filled with cancer... He upgraded me to a Stage IIIC... I told him I wanted to fight, and fight we did.... At DX, I was told I'd have about six mounts. I asked God to take my hand and lead me to where he wanted me to be... AND here I am, 11 years and 5 months later. This can be beat.... Please know we're here to help, share and pray with/for you.... God bless you.

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    Welcome to WhatNext LisaCS, Just wanted to share my story story with you. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Epithelial Ovarian Cancer when I was 62. I was referred to a Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon immediately. He looked a lot like Doogie Howser... He ordered many tests and after seeing results he did the surgery. He removed a 39 pound tumor and both my ovaries (The rest had been taken when I had a hysterectomy at 45). He then scraped all the cancer he could see from my urethra and intestines.
    he removed a fat pad that had cancer within it. He then implanted a port on a rib and closed the incision. I then did six 28 day cycles of I/V and I/P infusions of strong chemo. Day 1 was an I/V infusions, days 2 and 8 were I/P (Intraperitoneal )infusions. Upon completion. We scheduled a PET CT Scan... It showed no evidence of cancer anywhere. THEN he hit me with "I've been reading about this study, it shows that women who have completed the chemo as you have - half went on to receive one infusion a month for 12 months... half didn't.... prior to completing the study.. the results were so fantastic.... they stopped the study and started the other half on the 12 month program. I celebrated my 74th birthday in May and am still cancer free... I watched as my son married his high school sweetheart two years ago... (the last wedding or our eight children). There are 20 grandchildren, and five great grands... When I was diagnosed, I was so terrified... I told God I was afraid... instantly, I was at peace. I then asked Him to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. Here I am...chatting with you and wishing you well. Know that this can be beaten!

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      Thanks so much for sharing your story with me. It's very encouraging to learn that long term survivors do exist. I can't imagine walking around with a 39 pound tumor, that's incredible! Thank again for reaching out to me.

      28 days ago
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      Sometimes I can't believe that I didn't stand in the middle of the waiting room and scream I DO NOT HAVE A PINCHED NERVE... THERE'S SOMETHING IN SIDE ME......... I FELT IT THUMP AND FALL WHEN I BENT OVER....... but I was taught to be quiet and lady like.... My doctor cried and cried "how did I miss this......" We hugged.... it was time to move on and kill it, rather than it me.... and we all did it.....

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