To my mom who has been there from day 1. You inspired me to fight this and I will be forever grateful for your love and support. To my family who has also been there for me-I love you so much that you could never know how much you mean to me. To my surgeon, nurses, and oncologist: you have made this hard experience so much easier than what it would’ve been. I will forever see you as heroes. To the surivors, to the ones who have fought the battle and lost their lives, to the families of those people I applaud you for your strength. May God be with you all!
I have been a fairly healthy person my whole life. I have been lucky but not always the smartest about my health. I avoided doctors like the plague. I had never had a surgery or even had an IV up until the point of going to the hospital.
Back in October of 08 I became increasingly ill. Mistaking the symptoms for stomach flu I dismissed them as nothing serious. I became increasingly lethargic and more ill. So much my family became worried about me and begged me to see a doctor. I was hesitant but after much begging I agreed. My muscles had become so weak I could barely walk and my mom had to call 911. I was taken to the local hospital where I was pinched, poked, prodded, scanned, and x-rayed. I was diagnosed with dehydration and later found out they had found a very large mass on my left ovary. More than likely it was ovarian cancer but they would not know until they sent me to a surgeon. They couldn’t get me in until over a week later but until then they had to drain the fluid around my mass because of my extreme discomfort. After two days of hospitalization and five days of going back and forth to get drained they had tested the fluid twice which came back non-cancerous. At the end of the week they had drained 30+ liters of fluid and my comfort level was much better than it had been in a few months, but I was still extremely ill from the infection in the fluid. That next week when I saw my surgeon and he saw my scans he immediately hospitalized me and scheduled my surgery just two days later.
On October 15th, 2008 I had my very first surgery of my life. I was much sicker than anyone ever thought. I went into shock the minute I was under and my doctor had to work fast. It was revealed that I had a 30 pound tumor and infectious fluid still surrounding it. I was put on aggressive antiobiotics for the next three weeks to kill the infection and my tumor was still considered non-cancerous. They sent it off to the famous Mayo clinic to be sure. Thankfully my right ovary checked out okay and was left intact.
One month after getting out of the hospital we got the dreaded news. It was “just a little” cancerous (Stage 1A) and I would have some choices to make in the upcoming week. My wonderful surgeon gave me the choice of doing nothing (which he didn’t like) doing a biopsy (which he didn’t like because of doing another invasive surgery), or going ahead with chemotherapy. I chose option 3 with only one question: Can I start after the holidays? I did not want to be sick from chemo and be a debbie downer at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner (my fave holidays). If they had told me no-I would’ve understdood and gone ahead but they agreed that it was fine.
I went in January to get my cath. put in and started treatment on January 13th, 2009. My last treatment was April 28th, 2009, and everything looks good. I never once got sick and I am doing well, waiting patiently for my hair to return.
I look at this experience as something God needed me to go through. I haven’t figured out the reason but I know it’s there. I look forward to finding my true love and having a baby and moving on with my life. I was not living before, but I will live from here on.
Last updated on: 05/16/2009
Keep your positive spirits high and i will be praying for you.
jane schall – 05/23/2009
Thank you for sharing your story. You’ll be ok. Prayers for you and your loved ones.
Ronni – 05/26/2009
Your story is so inspirational to me. Thank you so much for sharing it. It is a struggle but we must face it with a positive attitude. May you be tremendously blessed!
Meshelle Gray – 05/29/2009
You are very brave and a great inspiration for all of us. I will pray for your continued recovery.
Sue Sears – 06/03/2009
Amy, you are a brave, beautiful person. I am very happy to hear you are doing so well. You are so young and deserve a long, healthy life. I was particularly touched by your dedication as I lost my best friend, my mom, to ovarian cancer. May God bless you and may your life continue to be blessed with love, joy and health.
Kristen Paulsen – 08/01/2009
Thank you for your beautiful comments everyone. Hopefully I’ll have an update for you soon:)
Amy Crafton – 09/22/2009
What a joy to find such clear thinking. Thnaks for posting!
Amberlee Amberlee – 06/02/2011
Created the greatest artilecs, you have.
Aira Aira – 07/13/2011
These pieces really set a stardnad in the industry.
Nelle Nelle – 10/04/2011
I’m sorry to post this so late. Just googled my sister’s name and this came up. She passed away 09/14/2011. Even in the dark times she never stopped smiling. I miss her everyday but know she is still here.
joe crafton – 03/22/2012