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I find out 9-29-14 when I begin Chemo treatments. I'm a little nervous but have great support and inspiration around me. I figured this website would be helpful and a good way to get support, advice and help from people who went through or are going through the same thing. I have no idea what to expect and that's the scariest thing but I'm going to try and stay positive. The (low doses) of Chemo they are using are: Bleomycin, Etoposide and Cisplatin. Anyone have any personal experience with these treatments? I read a few blogs and saw a few people had hearing loss with Cisplatin but I have to keep in mind that it effects everyone differently. I'm at a high risk for nausea and vomiting so that'll be fun, right? ;-) Going into surgery, they had no idea what was on my ovary even after an internal ultrasound, and CT scan. They gave me 4 possible options (Fibroid, Ovarian tumor benign, Ovarian cancer, or Epithelial cancer) but according to my oncologist his gut feeling said it's not cancer. The day of my surgery, my liver function was raised to 995; normal levels are 150 so part of me thought "that isn't good". I ended up having an ovarian cancer tumor the size of a football removed on 9-12-14. Surgery went smoothly, it was supposed to take 4 hours but only took 2. They removed my right ovary, fallopian tube and appendix since it was attached to those. My incision is 6 1/2 inches vertically down starting above my bellybutton to mid vaginal area. Yes cancer is a scary word but I want to try and focus on what I am grateful for: it was caught barely in stage 2 and it's the germ cell kind which is 98-99% treatable/curable and a slim chance of it coming back but that's one thing I'll have to worry about for the rest of my life. Now I'm just a little more wiser. My oncologist thought he got it all but my pathology tests revealed a few microscopic pieces between my pelvis and colon, so now onto the next chapter in my life!

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September 27, 2014

Alsip, Illinois 60803

June 30, 1982

Cancer Info

Ovarian Cancer

Germ Cell: Dysgerminoma

September 12, 2014

Stage 2

over 6.1

No

That I just hate it. They probably have a cure but are too selfish to share. It has no remorse for people and will invade whoever. It does make me appreciate life more and not to sweat the small stuff and not take little things for granted.

Everyday is a gift. Don't take the small things in life for granted. Love and spend time with the ones you love the most. Once you're done you have a different perspective of life.

call once in a while, make me laugh, share their stories about their lives so I'm not consumed by treatments,

Drink lots of water, try taking at least a 10 min walk a day if possible. If your white blood cell count drops wear plastic gloves to wash dishes b/c I contracted an infection in my finger from not doing so

Cry if you need to but don't live there forever. We're human but are not alone and will get through this.

December 1, 2014

bloating, weight loss, had a sharp pain one night that subsided to a dull ache in right ovary area, couldn't lay flat, felt full after small meals, one day I had diarrhea and excessive gas every 10 minutes, heartburn, frequent urination.

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