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Kari

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It’s crazy how one little word can change your whole life. When I was 17 I was your average girl. I had my whole life planned out, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I never would have expected my life to turn out like it did.

On a summer day in 2007 my life began to change. I was however unaware. It was a normal day for me, when all of a sudden I started having excruciating pain on the right side of my stomach. I assumed it was my appendix, so I went to the ER. The ER doctor ran blood tests, and did x-rays. He found nothing. He sent me home, and told me I’d be fine. Three days later the pain eventually went away. I assumed he was right. WRONG! A month later I experienced that same pain only worse. I made an appointment with my family doctor. She performed a CT scan. The next day she called my mom, and told her I had a tumor on what she believed to be my ovary. When my parents told me I had a tumor, I didn’t know what to think. I had an overwhelming rush of emotions. I knew then that my life would probably never be the same. I was right. The following week I had surgery, to remove the tumor, and my right ovary(yes I can still have babies). After surgery I was informed that the tumor was malignent. Once again I had no idea what to think, and that same rush of emotions came over me…AGAIN! I was sent to an oncologist, who decided i need 4 treatments of preventative chemo. My biggest fear had come true. Chemo made me extremely sick (as to be expected), and of course i lost my hair. It’s amazing to me how strong you become, when being strong is the only choice you have. Im now in remission. I’ve been cancer free for 3 years. I feel truly blessed to have gone through this. I don’t look at this as something bad that happened, I look at it as something great that happened. I’ve become a stronger person. I’ve grown up. I look at life totally different, and I now know whats truly important. I’ve never wanted anyones sympathy, and I still dont want anyones sympathy. I just want to raise awareness about this disease. I didn’t know any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. As it turns out I had almost all of them. Learn the symptoms, and learn your body. Early detection is so important, and could essentialy save your life.

Last updated on: 02/09/2011


Comments:

I told my grnamdother how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

Fanny Fanny – 01/22/2012

Dear Aliza:You don’t know me, but hopefully that won’t stop the povitise vibes I’m sending your way. My name is Thea, and I’m from New Orleans, LA. You hosted portions of IDKE in Austin in 2006, and I was super impressed at your consummate professionalism, humor and intelligence. You must be scared right now; I can only imagine getting such news after a traumatic event like a stroke. It’s my hope that the love around you emboldens you, and that the strength you have already shown isn’t tested further by more troubles. Please know that you’re being thought of, and though the situation may seem dire, nothing breeds more strength than necessity. Yours,Thea

MinWoo MinWoo – 05/16/2012