Survivor Stories / Tributes

Beverly Stambaugh

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I am an ovarian cancer survivor. Every March 18th, I celebrate a 2nd birthday. My cancer was found early only because my husband and I were trying to get pregnant. We had been seeing a fertility specialist when he found what he thought was a cyst. He treated me for a cyst, but when it did not reduce in size or go away, he suggested a laporoscopy. Upon completing this surgery, of course, my doctor had slides made and sent to pathology. These slides were also sent to Johns Hopkin University because the staining process came back inconclusive. While recovering from the laporoscopy, my doctor called me at home and told me it was cancer in the early stages. On March 18th, 2003, I had major surgery and following that surgery, was given a good prognosis. I was fortunate to not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. I had to have blood work on a regular basis to check for the specific hormone that was produced as a result of the cancer. I have undergone three more surgeries since then as a “side effect” of the cancer – Stage 4 endometriosis, scar tissue so bad it “glued” my internal organs together, and finally a hysterectomy at age 33.

I would be in far worse shape had my fertility specialist not taken the time to find out what the “cyst” was. I owe my life to him and all those that were part of my ordeal over the years. It was an awkward feeling going to his office to have pre- and post-op checkups when all the other ladies were having babies. My medical file was the size of the yellow pages within one year – all surgical in nature. My doctor graciously continued services for IVF after surgery 3 in November, 2003. I underwent IVF in June 2004 with success on the first try. I gave birth to a healthy daughter on March 8th, 2005. My husband and I did try IVF a second time, but with no success. However, we are OK with that. We have a beautiful 5 yr old daughter now who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. In 2007 I had my hysterectomy and no longer have to have blood work done. I still have my yearly check ups and if anything feels out of the norm, I call my doctor and schedule an appointment immediately. I truly am blessed to be here.

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I have been married for 14 years to my husband who has stood by me through all of this, for better or worse and in sickness and health. Definitely a true test of our vows.

I teach middle school science now for 11 years. I have had the privilege of using my experiences with ovarian cancer as a real teaching tool. It allows students to see the science in real life, as well as see me as a person, not just some “authority” figure that has no emotion.

I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Mikayla. She is very bright and independent, as well as mischievious and strong-willed. She definitely got the best of my husband and I.

Last updated on: 06/26/2010


Comments:

You’ve really captured all the essentials in this subecjt area, haven’t you?

Jaylene Jaylene – 01/23/2012

I’m not wrohty to be in the same forum. ROTFL

Armena Armena – 01/24/2012

That’s an ignenoius way of thinking about it.

Blondie Blondie – 01/26/2012