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Survivor Stories / Tributes

victoria Sgro-Konopka

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To all the brave young girls who have to go through this silent killer. Its destructive and we need to find a cure.

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When I was 19 years old in 1994 I was the youngest female to have ovarian cancer in America. At first I was having bad cramps that everyone thought was pms, yet i never had a period. I finally got to a doctor and after way to many tests had told me i had endometreois and had to have a minor procedure. Ok so for a young girl who had no experience in anything like this i was scared. I had no idea wat was happening to me. All i knew is that i was in to much pain and I believed that everyone around me did not believe me about how bad i felt. It was the worst pain I have ever felt to this day. When I went in for this procedure I was told It would be fast and i would go home not to long after. During the procedure the doctors went out to my parents and told them that i di dnot have endometreosis and that I had golf and tennis ball sized tumors on both of my ovaries and if they did not remove them right now that they would burst and i would die. Of course they told them to take them out. I remember waking up at 3.30 and wondering why i felt so much pain on my stomach and why i was still in the hospital. They moved me to a room after reovery and I was loaded up on pain killers and I was so out of it for a few days. I had over 100 staples and a lot of stiches. The doctors came in with my family to explain to me what had happened but because I had to many painkillers I had no clue what happened really until I went home. I was devastated. It took me a long time, years to really move on. I was on horomone replacement for a ong time and because i was so young they never got it right. Never until I finally after 10 years went off these pills. I was a rollar coaster and for a young girl in her 20s it really took a lot away from me. I gained a lot of weight and was a mess. There was no help for me that young. Once the doctor was done with me it was done. I had nothing left. I really dealt with a lot of issues.
16 years later I am so glad to be alive. I am married to a great guy who loves me even if I can never have his children. That means a lot. He is supportive.
I wish for better knowledge and research on this cancer. More help for young girls. Something better then what I had. I am thankful to be alive and well now.
Thank you for reading this.

Last updated on: 01/25/2010


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