I went to see her husband who is a Gynecologists. I followed with him for almost a year. Examines, ultrasounds and Cat Scans all normal. He was sending for my old records from my surgery in Jan , that took forever. Finally I said something is wrong so he said I will contact your previous Gyn Cancer specialist and remove the cyst. Had surgery and surprise with metastatic ovarian cancer in the peritoneal. I had an abdominal debulking and adhesions removed from my small bowels.
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The cancer was named low grade serous papillary ovarian cancer. Ca all normal. Sherri My name is Sherri. Just before my 48th birthday I was very active. I was exercising 3 to 4 days a week taking krav maga classes. I was feeling stronger than I ever had. I started becoming bloated and gaining weight for no reason. I noticed I was getting tired alot. I made an appointment with my family doctor. She gave me an stomach x-ray and sent me right to the hospital for a CT scan. I still wasn't worried. I assumed it was just a precaution.
After the results came back they transported me to the main Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. After I arrived they started prepping me for surgery. I had never had any type of surgery before an became very upset. When I woke up the Cancer Doctor was there and explained that I had stage 3 ovarian cancer. The whole thing was surreal. I went from the strongest I've ever been Physically and Mentally to the weakest in one day. I had a very tough time pulling myself together.
I would spend days in the house scared and crying. I was very lucky to have a wonderful husband, family, friends and Doctor. My husband was by my side every day. My friends and family really showed how much they love me by doing their best to care for me. I love Doctor Michael Hicks.
He is positive, caring and brilliant. He saved my life. I didn't realize the day I woke up with him at my bedside how lucky I was. He truly is a hero. I had a hysterectomy and 6 chemo treatments and there is no evidence of disease. I had my port removed 2 days ago. There is life after ovarian cancer. You have to keep the faith. Stay away from reading negative things on line.
It doesn't have anything to do with your case, and treatments have come a long way and are progressing all the time. Anyone who would like to e-mail me please feel free. I would love to help if I can. Sherri gardengalsr aol. My sister found out when she went in for a cat scan on her stomach and they told her that her ovaries were covered in cancer. They took her into surgery 8 days before Christmas last year and they took a thirty pound tumor from her. After her surgery she had been really skinny and she started chemo a month after.
Unfortunately the chemo was making her sicker. Her school had supported her, they had fundraisers in honor of her, and they made t-shirts and bracelets and any money they could to save her life. Later on she was put in the hospital permanently until she felt better. Never been in the hospital except for my one childbirth. I've always been small. Then I started feeling extremely bloated. I thought my weight had finally caught up with me. I went through a complete hysterectomy. Imagine my surprise when it was positive.
Went through 5 months of chemo. Lucky for me I have wonderful parents in their 70's who came to Florida to take care of me , great friends and co-workers. I became a grandma and loving life. Still can't believe it happened to me. Which I'm sure everyone says. Keep the faith and never give up. Joanne from NC 2 I just wanted to share that I am now 5 years cancer free from stage 1-C ovarian cancer!!!
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I feel so blessed! Please see my previous story - look for other entry from Joanne from NC. There IS hope!! Click here for Part One. I know today, that decision plays a big part in my being here. The larger tumors over 2. Three years to almost the day I had my first recurrence I was rediagnosed with a tumor again on my Psoas muscle in my right hip in Nov During this time I have been involved in raising funds for OVCA through establishing a run, a motorcycle drive.
My life has never been the same, but it has also never been so fulfilling. With my third diagnoses and almost 10 years behind me I began a blog of my journey at whencancerknocks. You know your body best Reading most of these stories made me feel like mine had already been written by every one else.
I went to the doctor on multiple occasions due to bloating and pain in my abdomen. I was told by 4 doctors that I had a hernia. Finally in July the pain was so bad I went back in because I could actually grasp something out of the ordinary, thru my stomach. It felt huge. I saw him 4 days later and he knew right away it wasn't a hernia. A CT followed and the next day I was told I had peritoneal carcinoma I met my oncologist the next week and he told me he thought it was borderline CA. I just had surgery on the 4 and it was much more extensive than they thought.
I lost my ovaries I had had a partial hysterectomy last year , the rest of my cervix, my appendix, part of my large and small intestines and my omentum. I also had a colon resection and had to have my diaphragm scraped. Even my oncologist was shocked when the pathology came back it was sent out to Johns Hopkins as stage 3 micro papillary serous carcinoma. I developed an infection in my liver so I'm home on IV antibiotics and will then start chemo after they confirm the infection is all gone.
Why are doctors allow to blow us off without any type of tests when we go to them for help. Why can't a CA be part of a physical or at least done every few years? Why do women have to wait until they are 40 for a mammogram. Sorry, I digress but I'm still kind of angry that this is where I am. Anyway, that's my story and I'm praying it will have a happy ending and that we my family learn some lessons out of this. I pray that research moves quickly for women with this disease.
And I pray that women will listen to their bodies and pursue further testing if they feel something is wrong. I truly regret that I waited so long. Good luck and God bless all of you now fighting this and any of you that will be learning you have this disease in the future. I'm a flight attendant and a wilderness lover. I live in beautiful Alaska. Last week I felt pressure in my left abdomen and went to the doctor. After many test and two surgeries I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
This was shocking news as I am always healthy and active. My friends and family have surrounded me with their love and support. I have many highs and lows. I still feel like I'm dreaming and want to wake up. I'm home recovering from surgery, surrounded by love from my friends, family, and dog, Boo Boo. Chemo- next step. Trying to stay positive, the tears seem to flow a lot.
I feel for everyone dealing with cancer. I remembering waking up hearing the doctor talking to my family. I was awake enough to ask him questions and if i was ok. He told me my ovaries was fully covered with cancer. He then told me I had stage 3 ovarian cancer. I was so scared, I couldn't even speak. All I thought about was my 3 children. And how was i gonna be able to take care of them sick.
I started chemo the next week. Then i stopped taking them. I am here today folks because I know God has a purpose for me to be here. Its been 15 years. We serve an awesome God. Always go and be check yearly. She was sweet and never became upset with me, no matter what. She had always been there since I was born. Growing up, I just expected her to always be there. When my grandmother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, I didn't know much about this type of cancer. But it didn't. She was diagnosed in the 3rd stage.
She took chemo and medications. Before she was diagnosed, her belly began to get really big as if she were pregnant. When she started chemo, she lost a lot of weight. A few months passed and she became very ill and was hospitalized for two weeks. Finally, the doctors said she could go home or go to a hospice center. She lived for six more days. On Sunday, June 14th at AM, my mother called because she took a turn for the worse.
She was rushed to the hospital. We all knew this was the end. She lived for a few more hours in the hospital then passed away No matter how sick she had been, she remained positive and loving. I was her favorite grandchild and she loved me very very much.
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It has been a few years, but it still is hard to live without her. I felt lost in depression because of the fact that she was gone. Why did this happen to her? She was the nicest person I knew. It especially hurt that she had died just two days before my 5th grade graduation. Lots of kids get to grow up into their 30's and still have their grandmothers, but mine was taken when I was I know that she no longer suffers. I just wish her cancer could have been cured. I hope that no other woman has to go through what she went through.
I will always love and remember her.
I had all the syptoms just like other women have described. I keept going to my GP and was always told it was my irrital bowel that was the problem. Then one day I went back to my GP with a different complaint, my right breast was red and inflamed and within a week it had doubled in size. I didn't think much of it at first 'til i was told it was worrying, but i had to wait a week on results.
I hate to think if my breast didn't show the symptoms what would have happened to me. I had a pelvic mass, omental caking. My treatment was chemo and an operation that took 7 months. I was glad when I finished chemo, it was hard going in and out of the hospital. Now I have been in remmission for 10 months and now I have a scare as my CA has gone up from 12 to and i have some symptoms, constipation, blotted stomach and pain. Joanne My name is Joanne. On 10th of April aged I was admitted to the emergency department of Epping hospital Melbourne, as I had a huge swollen abdomen.
I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink I couldn't pass urine or go to the toilet. This had all started suddenly. I thought I had a kidney stone. I couldn't get a booking before Monday the 10th. By that time I was so swollen and in excruciating pain I could hardly walk. When I got to the local country hospital I broke down and cried when handed a large bottle of drink to take before the CT scan.
I had been losing weight for awhile and put it down to being busy with a sick husband. He has since passed away with Multiple Myeloma. Another hard to diagnose cancer.
We were both healthy people. When the radiologist took the scan he had to stop suddenly as I was so ill. We didnt always agree and at times i was angry just being me. Hot headed and stupid u just let me be me. I know I was no angel and I made times hard but you never gave up no matter how hard.
Dad I just love you wish you could see what a difference having you there has meant for me. Drown it in a muddy piss filled puddle, Flip a coin as you walk away. I want you to live and argue with it endlessly, I want you to be irritated by it and impatient as you are with me right now. I gaze at your face now, Irish and watery eyed with fear and mirth. Prize fighter. Fight dirty and grab it by its dark balls, or if it happens to be a lady, dig your nails in and pull out her hair. Like for like. Wipe the smile off its filthy face, Wipe a smear of oil across your face. Roll your sleeves up…the gloves should be off.
Clinch it…twist it…bring it down on the nub of your knee. Kick the stool from under it. But never forget, sunshine. She smiled at me at held my hand I squeezed back gently, bedside manned When she needed to know that we were there We sat watching from grey chair When scared and pained and short of breath. We settled her, no fear of death We reminisced of holidays And smiles all round at better days We sat and watched her rest in peace As pain so harsh did finally cease Thank you for our time together Now we can be at peace forever.
Cancer you suck the future From so many that you touch I beg for one more life spared Would that really be too much? I come-to wearily, conscious of the slight ache in my shoulder. I hold the kettle under the cold tap, one foot on the other on the chilly lino. I watch the sheep from the kitchen window while I wait for the kettle to click off. They are nibbling the hedge. It looks bare to me. I take my cereal and tea back to bed and arrange my two duvets, my hat and my scarf.
I am lucky to have an appetite. I will always be young and beautiful. The tragic heroine has been a favourite part. I have no pension plan. What a brilliant decision! How does it feel to be the living dead? Its nearness makes everything clearer, brighter, darker. I love to get a reaction. I was so sure that I knew where I was going and to find I was wrong was disquieting.
I had rehearsed my reactions to being faced by mountains;. Trying to look on the bright side of them and appreciating their grandeur; preparing so thoroughly that I forgot to pack the sun cream. I was blinded by the level, benign beach and shady palms. The tools in this book will give you control over your own pain-management process by helping you monitor your responses to pain. Use the assessments to help gauge your levels of physical and emotional pain, sleep habits, and general ability to function throughout the day.
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Blending cognitive behavioral therapy CBT and mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR , this workbook provides proven-effective solutions to help you take control of your pain and get back to being you! The exercises and strategies in this book are rooted in research, fun to learn, and easy to practice. And the best part?
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The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer. On a shoestring budget and with tape recorder in hand, Kairol Rosenthal emerged from treatment and hit the road in search of other twenty- and thirtysomething cancer survivors. From the Big Apple to the Bible Belt, she dusted the sugar-coating off of the young adult cancer experience, exposing the gritty and compelling stories of twenty-five complete strangers.
The men and women in Everything Changes confess their most vulnerable moments, revealing cancer experiences they never told anyone else — everything from what they thought about at night before going to bed to what they wish they could tell their lovers but were too afraid to. With irreverent flare and practical wisdom, Everything Changes includes stories, how-to resources, and expert advice on issues that are important for young adult cancer patients, including:.
When Alesia Shute was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 7, her life was redirected as was that of her entire family. She would go on to survive six major surgeries that had never been tested on a child, several minor surgeries and countless hours of pain and months of hospitalization. Alesia had to grow up quickly and adjust to being sickly and different from others. Extreme Parenting is a solid source of support for parents of children with long-term illnesses.
The guide is packed with practical advice, models of exploration and lists of action points, and will empower parents to be good advocates for their children. It also provides health professionals with invaluable insights into the demands of living with chronic illness. In this moving and compassionate book, hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years experience tending the terminally ill.
Through their stories, we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts — of wisdom, faith, and love — that the dying leave for the living to share. Drawing on her family's own experiences and those of other parents facing the death of a child from illness or a life-limiting condition, Sacha Langton-Gilks explains the challenges, planning, and conversations that can be expected during this traumatic period. Practical advice such as how to work with the healthcare professionals, drawing up an Advance Care Plan, and how to move care into the home sit alongside tender observations of how such things worked in her own family's story.
The book also includes a template person-centred planning document, developed by experts in the field. Empowering and reassuring, this book will help families plan and ensure the best possible end-of-life care for a child or young person. The Gift of Gerbert's Feathers. As Gerbert prepares for his final migration, he finds a way to show his flock that he will always be with them.
Includes a one-page Note to Readers and an online Note with additional information useful for parents, caregivers, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. In this new edition, available for the first time in the United States, Dorothy Judd draws on her increasing experiences with dying children and their parents to refine and clarify her work as presented in the earlier edition. This book helps readers to make sense out of the irreconcilable tension of embracing death as a part of life and accepting the death of a child. Through her work with Robert, a young boy dying of acute myeloblastic leukemia, Judd helps readers to see anew the need to reconcile the two tensions and to make the necessary decisions for medical care.
The moment when Patty Dann's husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she felt as though the ground had dropped beneath her. Her grief, however, was immediately interrupted by the realization that she would have to tell their three-year-old son Jake that his father was dying. The prognosis gave her husband just a year to live. In that short time, the three of them — Patty, Willem, and Jake — would have to find a way to live with the illness and prepare for his death. As much about exploring memory as it is about appreciating the moment, this captivating narrative will serve as a genuine comfort for anyone surprised by grief.
Good Luck Mrs. The Goodbye Cancer Garden. What should you say? How can you help? This book by beloved grief counselor and cancer survivor Dr. Alan Wolfelt and co-author Dr. Kirby Duvall will help you understand the normal and natural grief your friend is experiencing. This book helps children with serious illnesses overcome the associated stresses of being sick by focusing on the connection between the mind and the body.
It also offers parents and caretakers encouragement to face the emotional challenges of their child's illness. Medical scenarios and vocabulary are explained for kids to help them better understand what is happening. Ideas for meeting doctors, easing hospital visits, coping with pain and nausea, taking medications, and building fun and friendship into recuperation will help children and parents through difficult times.
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Being diagnosed with cancer is a major blow — physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and spiritually. All aspects of your self are under assault at the same time. And no matter the type or stage of cancer, the treatment plan, or the prognosis, your new and frightening grief can rattle you to your core. Kirby Duvall will help you understand and cope with your many difficult thoughts and feelings and find ways to experience peace and joy in the journey.
Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer provides comfort and advice for families confronted wiht a diagnosis of cancer. When someone dear is dealing with illness, it's difficult to know what to do or say. The actor Vanessa Bayer experienced this firsthand when she was treated for childhood leukemia. In her first children's book, she offers gentle, reassuring advice that people of all ages will appreciate.
Fully revised and updated, it is the 'go-to book' for supportive, practical advice. This new edition also explores the major issues and developments from the last decade that affect children today, including the dangers and opportunities of the Internet, a deeper understanding of how hereditary diseases affect children, the impact of the nation's explosive growth in single-parent families, and new insights into how family trauma and a parent's mental illness may affect children.
Ruth Peltason, who has twice undergone treatment for breast cancer, has woven their stories together while maintaining the authenticity of their voices. These are ordinary women dealing with this cancer and its many ramifications. They range in age from their early twenties to their late seventies. They are the collective face of breast cancer today.
Their comments are moving, sometimes funny, always honest. They speak out on every topic, from lovemaking and intimacy to losing their hair, from juggling the day-to-day realities of being a patient, mother, wife, and co-worker to the overwhelming worries about their own mortality. Remarkably, they emerge with grace and optimism and a determination not to be defined by disease. When someone in a child's life has cancer, it can be tough for any parent or adult to explain.
This book is designed specifically to help kids, especially children with autism spectrum disorder or other additional needs, to understand what cancer means. Using a question and answer format, it explores the life changes and feelings of uncertainty a child may experience if a loved one has cancer. Illustrated with SymbolStix, a symbol-based language for visual thinkers, this book explains a difficult topic to children who might otherwise struggle to understand it. The book also features a short picture story that repeats the complete story for children who process information best through visual cues.
Additional guidance for parents and carers gives ideas to help children cope with this experience. Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer — and her picture-perfect family starts cracking. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. When a child is in pain, imagining scenes that are soothing or uplifting may help reduce the discomfort.
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Imagine a Rainbow is a beautiful tool for introducing children to the idea of using their imaginations to cope with pain, whether by itself or as part of a more comprehensive pain management plan. The book also includes an extensive Note to Parents that explains the techniques of imagery and deep breathing, and how to help children use them. Jon loves his life in the North. A doctor there tells Jon he has cancer and will have to stay at the hospital for a while.
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This book will help you reap the benefits of mindfulness and acceptance, one day at a time. Let My Colors Out. A young boy uses color to express a range of emotions as his mother undergoes cancer treatment. Denise Morett is a psychologist with over 25 years of experience treating individuals and families, including those with a family member facing serious or life-threatening medical issues. Morett found herself in those exact circumstances when her son was diagnosed with a very rare, life-threatening illness.
Driven by her own search for supportive resources, Dr. Morett provides ways to cope with one of the most challenging circumstances a parent can encounter. Living Well with My Serious Illness. With the creative and interactive drawing activities in this book, kids can learn to better understand their illness and develop healthy coping skills. An Art Therapist, author Marge Eaton Heegaard offers an honest, gentle way to help children regain a sense of power and to express difficult feelings more effectively.