- Pepperell, MA
- Member Since Jan 2017
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Patient: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer
- Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: 3 months ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage IV
- View this journey (2 Experiences)
GregP_WN wrote on Lesl's wall
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Carol-Charlie wrote on Lesl's wall
Welcome to our WhatNext Family!... I was 62 when I was diagnosed with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer - Stage IV, My Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon removed a 39 pound tumor, and then carefully scraped all the cancer he could see from my intestines, and urethra along with removing a 'fat pad' with cancer cells. (I'd had a hysterectomy at age 45)
I was then scheduled for I/V and I/P chemo of Taxol and Cisplatin! After surgery I asked my Oncologist how long I had...... He answered "Six Months"... I told him I wanted to fight!... So fight we did. That all took place in February 2006! I will turn 74 the end of May and am still cancer free. 00000
Now I'll tell you what I did. I was very scared when I heard, cancer and Stage IV.... I'm here to tell you IV is just a number!!! I had Six 28 day cycles of I/V infusions on day 1; then I/P infusions on Day 2 and Day 8 of each cycle. It was totally doable.... I received meds to keep me from throwing up. I lost my hair, but had been told to buy a short wig prior to starting chemo. My hint for GREAT reasonably priced wigs... PaulaYoung.com People always told me they'd never dream it was a wig.....
But most important... when I told God how scared I was..He immediately removed my fear. Then I asked Him to take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be.... He has never let go of my hand.... I'm saying a prayer that you too will be calmed and directed by His hand. God Bless You.
NanHope wrote on Lesl's wall
I just read your story - I am so very sorry that you are walking this journey with the rest of us here...members of a club that we never wanted to join. I am originally from Quincy and go back frequently to visit family so I'm familiar with your whereabouts - you are lucky to be so close to the best health care in the world. Boston is the mecca, IMO, so you are in good hands :)
I have an extremely rare type of OV CA. They sent my pathology to MGH for definitive diagnosis - the experts there identified it. First diagnosed (stage 1!) in 2003, I had my first recurrence in 2011. So stages don't mean a lot to me - stage 1 has a high cure rate, but mine came back just the same. Stupid cancer. I had IV and IP chemo in 2011 (after debulking surgery). Taxol and Cisplatin - hair loss, nausea/vomiting - all the usual side effects. But I got through it and SO WILL YOU! This too shall pass.
Had 2 more surgeries in 2016 for small recurrences (found on CT or MRI), but I am doing well now and feel great.
Have your doctors mentioned IP chemo for you (the chemo is administered through a port directly into your abdomen/pelvis)?
Also, I took sleeping pills during my chemo - I would never have slept if I didn't! I figured I would do whatever I needed to do in order to get through the treatment, which was the ultimate goal - complete all treatments so it could kill the cancer. My advise is don't worry about what you need to do and/or take to complete your treatment. I no longer take sleeping pills, but am glad I did when I needed them.
Lastly, not sure how you feel about meditation, but a nurse introduced me to a great app for guided meditation that I find super helpful. It's called Insight - its free and I downloaded it on my phone. Very easy to use and I really love it.
I wish you well, Lesl - stay strong. Us "Boston girls" are strong stock! There's nothing we can't do! Cancer messed with the wrong ladies here.... :)
Do stay positive - you WILL get through this. Sending you a cyber hug xoxo Nancy
KeepingFaith wrote on Lesl's wall
Hi, Lesi: I am sorry that you have to experience this difficult health journey, but I totally agree that keeping a positive outlook and getting on with your life as much as possible is the way to manage the situation. Briefly, I was diagnosed in March 2015 (at age 63), as Stage IIIC (probably IV) but I purposely asked the doctors not to discuss exact stage and prognosis with me. I have always considered this to be MY journey and that the outcome will be good. I had a port put in (you will be glad you did), started Carbo/Taxol for 3 rounds, then had major surgery (total hysterectomy, with appendix and omentum
removed, and a few other tweaks along the way). Still, the debulking was suboptimal, so I continued on chemo for several more rounds, this time Carbo/Gemcitibine. A January 2016 PET scan showed everything clear except for a residual area in the liver, so more rounds of chemo (Topetecan) and Avastin. As of July 2016, the liver area persisted and in September, I had a liver resection by a noted liver surgeon/oncologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He had experience with metastasis of ovarian cancer. He looked around for other nodules, found two other small ones on the liver, but considered me optimally debulked after that surgery. My CA 125 at time of diagnosis was close to 600, but has remained in the 4-7 range after the initial surgery. I developed an infection in the incision from the September surgery and had that fixed, and now I am due for another scan this month, but have been off of chemo since July. I am coming to grips that tests, scans, fear, ups and downs will be a part of my life, but I feel great, have the support of wonderful friends and I do almost anything I want to do. I am praying that the next scan does not show a need for more chemo, but the good news is that I tolerated it very well under the circumstances. While I lost my hair completely on the Carbo/Taxol, it started to grow back on the other chemos and now has grown back to its original shoulder length, more luxurious and full than before. YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Lynne-I-Am wrote on Lesl's wall
Hi Lesl, welcome to the site. Thank you for sharing your experiences so far on this journey. Sorry you were without your husband when you were told the tests showed cancer.Things do move quickly. I am impressed that the local doctors referred you to a gyn/onc in Boston, this very important when treating ovarian cancer . You have to have the training and experience. I found the WhatNext site three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer at age 66. Unlike you, my symptoms were all epigastric in nature. I never had any pain, so I was misdiagnosed for seven months by two different doctors. For my first two rounds of chemo I was on Carboplatin and Taxol. I hated having to lose my hair but finally had my son-in-law shave it all off. Not the best look for me, but so freeing, no more shedding . My debulking surgery was in Nov. 2013, and I finished chemo March 4th 2014. I found the WhatNext site because I needed to connect with other survivors. I needed advice and information and additional support. I found all of that and more. WhatNext is a cummunity of caregivers and survivors who are all here for each other. Please take a look on my wall and my experiences. Reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. The question tab will put your in touch with everyone. Be sure to visit our pin board for a smile or inspiring message. Let me know how your doing lady, talk anytime.