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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Laurie Di Pietra

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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March of 1990. I was 30 years old with two boys, 5 and 2. It was stage 3. Very, very scarey. I wish back then I had known the signs of ovarian cancer and I pray that others are made more aware now. I was only given a 15-20% chance of surviving but with a miracle from the Lord and a major change in diet and lifestyle, and with the help of family and friends, I survived! It was a scarey and painful road.

Last updated on: 07/31/2010


Dear Laurie,

I have had OVCA twice. July 07 (stage 2) and June 09. i have changed my diet and lifestyle quite a bit. But I would love to hear about what changes you have made as I look to do the best I can when I can to rebuild and support my immune system. Thanks. Jane

Jane Hodgson – 08/20/2010

Hi Jane,
Congratulations on your survival. How did they find it the 2nd time?
I’m sorry, I just now saw your comment. In the next few days, I’ll write you. It is quite involved what I did and I’d love to share it.
prayers to you,

Laurie Di Pietra – 09/28/2010

Hi Laurie,
Just curious on how you find out about you ovarian cancer?

Sherri O’Kelley – 10/01/2010

I found out by going to my obgyn and just doing a regular exam. It was the size of a grapefruit by the time she found it, so she could actually feel it> What prompted me to go in was I had pain when I laughed, after chasing my kids one day and a week later I had the same pain and thought um, maybe I should go in for a check-up! Don’t wait! Any ovarian cancer symptoms need to be check for just that. Insurance makes it hard to get tests and it makes if very frustrating, They would rather pay millions of dollars to treat but none to prevent.

Laurie Di Pietra – 09/08/2011

I’m sorry, did I ever get back with you? One side effect of chemo is short term memory loss! ha! now imagine getting on top of that!

Laurie Di PIetra – 09/08/2011

Clear, infromaitve, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

Tracy Tracy – 01/23/2012

I had a ciuosn and then a friend die from ovarian cancer eight months apart form each other. One fought it for three months and the other for three years. I’m in the over weight section but know because of my ciuosn I have a higher risk for ovarian cancer and that also raises the risk for breast cancer.Interesting charts. There is less written about ovarian cancer. I did a maraton in DC with a group from Johns Hopkins to raise money for better treatment and quality of life for it. Are sonograms still the best testing for it?

Solee Solee – 02/28/2012