To my Mom, Barbara Walther, who courageously battled ovarian cancer for 11 years! She was an amazing woman who never gave up and fought the disease with dignity and pride.
I am an 8 year survivor of stage IIb ovarian cancer. When I was diagnosed my mother was in her 9th year battling the disease. I was one of the fortunate ones who had a doctor that was paying attention to my family history and my silent symptoms. It started out as a back ache. I went to the doctor and saw the PA. She prescribed a muscle relaxer thinking that I had strained my back. When it had not gone away after a week I went back and saw my doctor. Because of the location of the pain and my family history she ordered an ultrasound. It came back showing a nasty cyst. She referred me to my gynecologist who did surgery within 2 weeks. When my doctor told me after my surgery that it was cancer, I was devastated. I had watched my mom fight this horrible disease for 9 years and so I knew what was in store for me. I also was only 40 and had two young daughters. I did 6 rounds of chemo and have been cancer free since my 2nd chemo. I am grateful that God walked with me in the journey along with my amazing family and friends. My mother lost her battle 2 years after my diagnosis but she was an amazing example for me on how to deal with cancer. I will soon be having genetic testing done so that my daughters will know if my cancer was hereditary. They will have big decisions to make. Maybe if not in my lifetime than I hope in theirs someone will find better test to diagnose ovarian cancer.
2009 – In January I was diagnosed with having the BRCA2 mutation gene. This diagnosis brought my odds of getting breast cancer to as high as 87%. After much prayer and discussion I decided to have a bilateral propylactic mastectomy with reconstruction. The decision was hard but I chose to be proactive because my only other option was to wait to see if and when and at what stage I would get breast cancer. I am in my 2nd week of recovery and doing great. My oldest daughter and oldest sister have tested and they are both negative. My youngest daughter and 2 other sisters will test this summer. My hope is that it ends with me!
Last updated on: 03/18/2009
Your story is so inspiring! What a wonderful doctor you have had! I am sorry for your loss of your mother. I lost my mother 15 years ago to ovarian cancer. I am happy that doctors and patients are more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I hope with OCRF that soon there will be better ways to detect ovarian cancer. Happy Holidays to you!
Marcie Herzog – 12/24/2008
I am so impressed by this website. I am a 41/2 y survivor stage 4c(pretty awful) I was diagnosed 4 weeks after we buried my fav cousin, Karen . Our family was very involved with her care and we truly miss her and her sense of humor which she lost during her illness. I also have my moms only living sister that has ovarian cancer. She was genetically tested and does have the braca II component. As marcie h stated kudos to the smart doctor. I had vague symptoms for 2 years that were fixed with a bandaid. My daughter,Melissa and sis and nieces are all aware of the ca125 that could have been a lifesaver for me (my was 1700) when tested with metastatic disease on my ct scan. I feel I have become powerful with my disease, I always had a love of God and life itself, I find new friends and savor my old friends. (I insist on no pampering) I do need to inform you that my family is involved with OROC and there is a fun run in Cleveland each August. There is a young lady from Michigan that we look for each other each year (she is all of 22 years old diagnosed at age ?18)This year our youngest was just diagosed, came in a wheelchair was hospitalized for pancreatitis and they found ovarian cancer. She was so weak. I believe you could find her picture on the oroc website, She is in the center of the picture and I am the brunette leaning on her chair, my michigan friend is leaning on her with her right elbow. So, as I know well, this research and hope is very needed. I wish all a Happy New Year and many more!!!! thanks “B”
Barb Seman – 01/03/2009
June of 2008 i found out i had stage 4 ovarian cancer i have had 2 surgeries and 7 rounds of chemo my last ca125 was 118 i am feeling very blessed.God bless you and be strong!
Deby Webster – 01/18/2009
Um, Mom…you need to update and say that now your youngest daughter and another sister are NEGATIVE!! Praise God!! You’re such an inspiration to all of our family! Love you!!
Jessi Moore – 11/25/2010
Seuproir thinking demonstrated above. Thanks!
Eliza Eliza – 06/02/2011
Insights like this liven things up anruod here.
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