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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Marilyn (Jeanne) Abbott

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I am writing this about my mother to inspire others to stay strong against this disease. She is a 21 year survivor of stage 4 ovarian cancer.

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My mom, Jeanne, is the strongest person I know. She was 1st diagnosed when I was pregnant with my second child. When I was at the hospital in labor, she was in more pain than me! She had her surgery a couple of weeks later and that is when it was diagnosed as stage 4. She recovered well and started chemotherapy. It was very hard on her. She had a treatment every 3 weeks and could not keep anything down the first 1 1/2 weeks after every treatment. She came through with flying colors. We give the credit to her strong will and a great oncologist for getting her through all of this. He calls her his walking miracle and we all agree.
She had a few re-occurrances over the years but has beat it every time.
So for all of those out there fighting the hard fight; stay strong and keep fighting!

Last updated on: 01/20/2011


I was diagnosed with Stage IV in November of 2010 and have undergone 7 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and now am awaiting surgery. Thank you for sharing your mother’s story. I am trying to be strong, but I it’s not easy. I hope to be a miracle also.

Michele Fabus – 06/01/2011

Jeanne this is great news I AM A STAGE 4,I know ,,no 2 people are a like ,but thiS is great inspiration.I will fight , and hope the fight take me a long, long way

miney – 10/03/2011

I love these atircels. How many words can a wordsmith smith?

Jayan Jayan – 10/04/2011

That insight’s prefcet for what I need. Thanks!

Mahaley Mahaley – 01/24/2012

My Mom was diagnoised with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in June 2011. After 6 months of weekly Chemo and surgery, Our Great Physician, Jesus Christ has spared her life. As of April 5th 2012 is in REMISSION!!!!

Debbie Moritz – 07/03/2012

Thank you for sharing that. My Mom is stage 3 and undergoing chemo now, this is the first round of 6 cycles, we are hoping that this round might be the only one. She was diagnosed last November, but originally we were told all she had was uterine cancer. Nobody knew about the ovarian until her hysterectomy. Originally, the surgeon thought it was uterine cancer that spread, but no. She refused chemo for months, until just last month, after being so uncomfortable from the little nodules that had been growing.

I am so glad to hear that there really are survivors and that she’s got a chance. It makes me feel less alone!

Heather Maki – 08/17/2012

21 years! How encouraging is that! I was diagnosed in Feb 2009 with stage 4. I went into remission for 12 months. I’ve had 3 re-occurances since the intial treatment. I am still receiving chemo now I think this is my 6th different drug. But my daughter says the same, that I am the strongest person she knows. I will keep putting on those boxing gloves (lol) and win this fight once and for all someday! It’s great to hear that your mother is 21 yrs out! Gives us all hope that we can indeed live a long life after or with cancer!

Lori Fratena – 09/04/2012