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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!


Survivor Stories / Tributes

Margie Wells

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I am a 55 year old 1 year survivor. In December 2007 I was feeling really tired and lethargic. It was all I could do to go to work every night. Fortunately, I worked fora boss who didn’t mind if I took a nap on the job. I saw my family doctor at the end of February 2008 for a routine visit and when he asked how I was doing I told him I was tired all the time and that I had been having sime abdominal pain. I attributed the tiredness to my parents’ death and the stress of their illnesses and funerals (my dad died in Jan 2007 and my mom in July 2007).The abdominal pain I had originally attributed to playing with my grandchildren because when it started it felt like a pulled muscle. By the time I saw my doctor the pain had moved and changed. I could also feel that something was not “quite right”. When he examined me he could feel a lump and it was visable when I was lying down. He told me there was a strong possibility of cancer and ordered a CA125. When the results came back he confirmed that there was cancer but he couldn’t tell me what kind and sent me to a surgeon. She examined me and said I need a gynocologic oncology surgeon and that my best chance of survival depended on my “first” and hopefully only surgery. My family doctor also ordered an abdominal CT.The results of that showed a mass but it was formed in such a way that they couldn’t see where it originated. They made an appointment with the specialist who ordered a complete hysterectomy.I had my surgery April 2,2008. By that time I was in so much pain and so completely exhausted that I could barely walk. I had also lost weight (50 lbs in 3 months). On April 21,2008 I saw him again to have my staples removed and he greeted me with the news that I had Stage 3 Type B Ovarian Cancer and that I would be dead in 6 months at the earliest and 6 years at the latest. I started chemo May 22,2008 and finished September 11,2008. I am feeling well and my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary April 5 and I just spent a month playing with my grandchildren ages 5 and 6. I have had the support of a wonderful doctor,family and friends and many many prayers.

Last updated on: 07/04/2009


That saves me. Thnaks for being so sensible!

Mahalia Mahalia – 06/02/2011

You should rlelay not be thinking about sex so soon after an ovarian cyst rupture, it could be quite painful for you. But if you rlelay have to, then wait until your cysts have completely disappeared (there could be bits left over from the rupture) and that your ovaries are functioning properly at least, you can tell when this happens after your period. That will signify that your ovaries are back to their monthly cycle and all is well.References :

Daniela Daniela – 03/29/2012

Any procedure or meiodaticn that interferes with the functioning of the testes or ovaries affects fertility. The choices made before cancer treatment begins can determine whether the patient will remain fertile after treatment.Radiation is known to damage the highly sensitive sperm and eggs. Just as chemotherapy attacks healthy cells, so does radiation. If the area needing irradiation is the pelvis, the reproductive organs are at great risk of damage. When radiation is done to the pelvic area, women often experience a pause in menstruation, along with other symptoms of menopause. There may also be vaginal dryness, itching, and burning. Radiation may affect sexual desire as well. These changes may be temporary or permanent, and it may take up to a few years to determine if the effects were temporary or permanent.Since radiation can be harmful to the fetus, pregnancy during radiation therapy is contraindicated, and because the full effect of the radiation on fertility cannot be predicted.So, in your case it is highly recommended to terminate the pregnancy. I do not think there is any chance to save the pregnancy not to speak of other shortcomings and difficulties. Please do as advised by your doctor and do not worry or get depressed. If everything goes on alright you will get pregnant again and have a child depending on the severity of cancer and radiation treatment given to you. Best of luck. –

Mkaoui Mkaoui – 10/06/2012