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    Carol-Charlie wrote on SherriS's wall

    Welcome to our WhatNext Family.... Glad you found us. I was 62 when diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer. The surgeon removed a 39 pound tumor, and then scraped all the cancer he could see from my intestines and urethra, I asked him how long I had, after he talked with me as I was coming out of the anesthetic. He said. "Six Months"... I told him I wanted to fight... He said.."If you want to fight Carol, we'll fight"...First we fought an infection, with heavy antibiotics... then the cancer with hard chemo... Wow.. I had, at diagnosis, told God how terrified I was, then I asked Him to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be.... Here I am 73 years old, He has guided me here, and I just want to tell you... Stage IV, is just a number... You can do this....We're all here to help, advise, and comfort and laugh with you... Welcome again!

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    I too was diagnosed (age 62) but with Stage IV ovarian cancer...They did the debulking surgery and removed a 39 pound tumor (no typo) and my ovaries, then my Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon removed all the cancer he could see. He scraped it off my intestines and urethra and removed one "fat pad" .... Then he upgraded me to Stage IIIC....

    After surgery... when I was still waking he told me what he'd found and done. I asked how long I had.... He said "Six months".... I drifted back to sleep. Then (yes really) I forgot everything but cancer.... I told him the next day I wanted to fight.. his response "You want to fight... We'll Fight"..

    They did a PET CT Scan and found "No Cancer"... I remember seeing my young surgeon bouncing up and down in his chair almost yelling "I got it all, I got it all".... We then did almost two years of hard chemo... First was six 28 day cycles of I/V and I/P chemo infusions.. The I/P directly into my abdomen through a port he'd placed under my skin on one of my ribs... When we finished that...

    He said a recent study showed that once a month I/V infusions of another hard chemo proved so life saving for women who'd completed what I'd just completed... I did it.

    Here I am today 73 years old, still cancer free and enjoying my children's children's children. (Yup four Great Grandchildren). It wasn't easy, but it was doable... I am forever grateful to that surgeon and his "don't give up attitude"... I'm telling you we're here if you need to talk, vent, or dance with joy....

    I remember my terror when I heard the word... cancer... I told God how scared I was... My fear left immediately... I asked God to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. He still holds my hand to this day..

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    Carol-Charlie wrote on Angelwings's wall

    Welcome to WhatNext... I'm glad you found us. I too was diagnosed (age 62) with Stage IV ovarian cancer...They did the debulking surgery and removed a 39 pound tumor (no typo) and my ovaries, then my Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon removed all the cancer he could see. He scraped it off my intestines and urethra and removed one "fat pad" ....

    After surgery... when I was still waking he told me what he'd found and done. I asked how long I had.... He said "Six months".... I drifted back to sleep. Then (yes really) I forgot everything but cancer.... I told him the next day I wanted to fight.. his response "You want to fight... We'll Fight"..

    They did a PET CT Scan and found "No Cancer"... I remember seeing my young surgeon bouncing up and down in his chair almost yelling "I got it all, I got it all".... We then did almost two years of hard chemo... First was six 28 day cycles of I/V and I/P chemo infusions.. The I/P directly into my abdomen through a port he'd placed under my skin on one of my ribs... When we finished that...

    He said a recent study showed that once a month I/V infusions of another hard chemo proved so life saving for women who'd completed what I'd just completed... I did it.

    Here I am today 73 years old, still cancer free and enjoying my children's children's children. (Yup four Great Grandchildren). It wasn't easy, but it was doable... I am forever grateful to that surgeon and his "don't give up attitude"... I'm telling you we're here if you need to talk, vent, or dance with joy....

    I remember my terror when I heard the word... cancer... I told God how scared I was... My fear left immediately... I asked God to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. He still holds my hand to this day..

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    Carol-Charlie wrote on 6xeTea's wall

    I was 62 when diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer... and given six months to live..... Today I am 73, and cancer free. I had the debulking surgery in Feb. 06, and then did six 28 day cycles of Hard Chemo. Day 1 was administered I/V; Days 2 and 8 were delivered I/P... After that was completed...My Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon told me to increase my chances for no relapse.. to do one I/V infusion a month for the next year... I asked God to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. Here I am...chatting with you... Stage IV no longer means give up and die... Keep the faith and fight. ( I am wondering about the Male, listing... but if it's ovarian cancer... FIGHT IT.... I'm here for you.