Pam Rizzi DX On February 26, 2016
I turned 50 just two weeks before my diagnosis. On Wednesday, I wore a pair of my boyfriend’s jeans that were just ever so slightly too tight around my waist. The jeans pushed on a tumor the size of a grapefruit, which in turn pushed on my diaphragm, causing extreme shortness of breath. I went to my primary care physician on Thursday, who sent me to the ER for a stat CT to rule out pulmonary embolism. After two CTs and a transvaginal ultrasound, I was diagnosed just after midnight with late stage ovarian cancer. I was admitted to the hospital, administered countless additional tests, scheduled for surgery on Monday, March 1. Because of the extent to which my cancer had spread, Monday’s surgery lasted just 20 minutes. Tuesday, I had a port placed, Wednesday I had my first of 26 rounds of chemotherapy over the next 18 months. In May 2016, I had successful debulking surgery. On August 15, 2017, I had my last chemotherapy. As of today, my CA125 was 12, down from 1700 at diagnosis. Here’s to many more months flirting with NED.
Kathy Heck DX February 13, 2014
I was diagnosed Stage 3C during a radical hysterectomy. Once the diagnosis sunk in, I made the decision to be Brave, Be Strong, and to do whatever it takes to "Live a full & productive" life while battling this disease. Yes, frontline chemo was tough, yes the news of recurrence in March 2016 was Horrible. But through it all, currently back in the chemo world...., I've tried to Smile, Laugh and show the world that you can look good, be active and LIVE with cancer. During my remission, October 2015 until my recurrence March 2016, my husband and I sailed our 40' sailboat from Annapolis MD. To the Bahamas. We had a fabulous time spending 3 glorious months visiting many Bahamian islands. We realize, during the good days and times, to make the most of the time we have. I hope to continue spreading awareness, strength and hope to all cancer patients and there families.
Sherry Pendley DX on August 28, 2015
I was 57 years old when all of the sudden I felt I should go to the emergency room. I had worked about 50 hours that week and by that Friday my abdomen was swollen, really swollen. I showed my friend and she said I better go. When I arrived I made a joke that I wasn't there for a hernia or ulcer. They performed all the tests on me. CT scan, blood work, ultra sound. They even drained my abdomen. By 3:00 the ER doctor came into the room and said it was not the news they hoped for. I had stage 4 ovarian cancer, it was in lymph nodes in my chest, on my diaphragm, intestines, and a baseball tumor on my left ovary. I was not really shocked, no one wants cancer, but we don't get to choose. I called my husband and told him the news. He didn't come with me because I thought it was nothing, I'm never sick. He rushed to the ER and by the the time he got there, I had met my oncologist and he is terrific. He told my husband the game plan. PowervPort put in the next week, 9 treatments of chemotherapy and surgery. After surgery he told my family it was still on my intestines, abdominal wall. He did a total hysterectomy and removed my appendix. I had 9 more chemotherapy treatments and was cancer free the following February 2016. I had maintenance treatment with avastin that whole summer and slowly my CA 125 started to rise, it was at 1900 before anything showed on my ct scan. When it did, show up, it was on my liver, abdomen, and on my intestines again. I started chemotherapy again and by July. This time the doctor told me there is no cure for me, but we will fight each time it reoccurs. I started Zejula in July and my Ca 123 had dropped to 37. It is a pill that I couldn't tolerate 300mg, I had a blood transfusion and started back with 200mg. A day. The medication slows the time of recurrence. This has been a wonderful experience for me to see what God has done for me. He has helped me, my husband, son , and daughter rely on and trust Him. Please try to listen to your body.no matter how silent the symptoms.
Josette Grantham Bailey DX on February 14, 2016
Earned Her Wings February 12, 2017
My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer February 14, 2016. To know her was to love her. She was very outspoken and she loved her family hard. She loved shoes and purses. After my mom was diagnosed she never complained. Even on her worst days she tried to stay as positive as ever. We never gave up hope and kept the faith. She had a simple request and that was to not let the children forget her. I won't let the world forget her. After 363 days of continuous fighting my mom earned her wings. We have to spread the word so more women will know about this disease. I have made a vow to continue to spread awareness unTEAL there is a cure. Missing my mama forever .
Sarah DX In November 2016
Hi, I'm Sarah...a 35 yr old wife and mother battling gct ovarian cancer....and papillary thyroid cancer. This past year has been rough. 4 surgeries, chemo, lost my hair twice. Poor communication between Dr's, delayed treatments. I am in the process of switching my medical care to the cancer treatment center of America in Zion, IL a 3 hr drive from home. Next week I will be having a radioactive iodine treatment to hopefully kill any leftover thyroid tissue or cancer cells, then after a month waiting period I will have 3 more treatments of chemo. I'm hoping to be done with this cancer business after that aside from my check ups. I want to be me again, I want to be the wife and mother I was.
Ingrid Benedict dx with Stage 4 OC on, june 11, 2011
Proud 5 yr survivor, warrior of Stage 4 OC. Radical surgery, 4.5 months chemo. Still here & grateful everday. Unfortunately diagnosed w breast cancer 4/16/2016 & currently undergoing chemo & 2nd surgery soon. BRCA NEGATIVE !! NO family hx of OC or Breast Ca, Found on routine mammogram. SO GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS!!! OC awareness advocate, I wear TEAL every Tuesday at workplace & hand out symptom cards that day to at least 5 people. Awareness of this disease is #1. I enjoy the coast. Live in OR, & WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL coast. The ocean grounds & energizes my soul, to be grateful everyday.
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Virginia A Vaughn DX on may 17, 1999
Diagnosed with Stage III-C ovarian cancer at age 43 on May 17 1999. No recurrence - NED.
Natasha Blaisdell DX on february 13, 2012
I am a wife and mother to an amazing 5 year old boy. On January 9th 2012, my life was turned upside down. I was in my general surgeons office awaiting the biopsy results certain that at 25 there was no way I could have cancer. I was wrong. The labs and scans presented as ovarian and had spread to my liver and diaphragm giving me a stage 4 diagnosis. It was the most surreal few days. When hearing the news my fiance at the time and I knew our next step was marriage so I could get insurance and the treatment needed. Starting at 6pm on MondayJanuary 9t, by 11:00 on the 11th (less than 48 hrs later) we were married on a cold brisk January day in front of our family and friends. 50 of whom dropped everything to be there for us during such a delicate time. It almost felt like I was watching everything transpire and I had no idea what was happening. Bill and bobs bridal fit me right in for the dress and I walked out with the first one I tried on no changes needed. My fiance and I then went and bought the first rings we tried on because they fit. It almost felt as if this was the way we were suppose to be married. After our wedding I underwent the 13 hour debulking surgery removing many parts as well as placing an ilieostomy bag. Following the surgery I began my journey with chemo. I have done every type of treatment and been able to keep the cancer at bay for almost 5 years. I have always been on one from or another so never been in remission. As long as I am here , keep it coming! I have run into some amazing doctors and then some not so nice ones. Two years ago I was told by an oncologist that I had 6 months left if I got into an immediate clinical trial. That was two days after my sons 4th birthday. I never did a clinical trial and I am planning to celebrate his 6th birthday in three weeks. I was told by another doctor that I needed to be realistic and understand that I was going to loose this fight. I have been told I was too complicated to be accepted as a new patient. No matter what they told me I have always tried to keep a positive attitude and fight with as much of a smile as I can. I try to look at this as like someone with diabetes . Controlling their insulin and diet to maintain the levels they need. I don't want to die but I do know it will happen. Regardless I live my life as best as I can. With my sons first birthday I found a new passion and hobby in baking and creating custom cakes. I have made over 100 the last couple years and slowly growing into a small business. I recently landed our first store booth and dabbling in making party decorations and products. My husband son and I were also fortunate enough to take a few month hiatus and see the lower us all the way to Venice beach CA from Maine. Like I said on January 9th my world was turned upside down. Though it may not be the best hand it's mine and I will make the best of the time I have and the life I fulfill.
DeeDee Heider DX in March 2016
Diagnosed March 2016 along with breast cancer
Kim swearengin DX on December 27, 2013
Hello. I'm 52. Stage 3c. Diagnosed 12/27/13. Had 36 chemo treatments in 25 months. I had my last chemo on 3/11/16. Today is my 3rd anniversary since i had my first chemo. I have a page on Facebook called Teal Life Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I'm doing well. My last CA-125 was 21
Pamela melnick DX August 26, 2016
noticed for a few months that my feet and ankles would swell. I thought it was due to working and being in my feet all day. Then I noticed my stomach getting bigger and I just shrugged it off to gaining weight. But then my stomach for huge and it looked like I was 9 months pregnant. I felt sick for a few days and it got so uncomfortable I finally went to the er. There I got labs drawn and a cat scan with dye and contrast. My labs came back first which showed my hemoglobin was 6, which is critical. So I had to get 2 units of blood while waiting for my scan results. Well the doctor came to my bay and said that I had a extremely large mass stemming from my ovary and upward. From the local hospital I was transferred to lvhn. I was taken on by their gyno oncology and found myself getting a total hysterectomy with my appendix and 6 inches of my colon removed. I spent a week in the hospital and then was sent home to finish recovering. The pain was aweful but I got through it. My first office visit was to remove my staples and then 3 weeks later met with the doctor to talk about my treatment plan. At that appt I found out that my ovarian cancer was stage 3c. I would need 6 rounds of taxol and carboplatin every 21 days. My CA125 level was 897 before surgery, after surgery it came down to 69. Then after my first chemo it was 32 then 12 and now it is 9. My scan before chemo started showed NED. I am going to receive my chemo number 5 in a few days. After my last round I will need bloodwork often and scans every 3 months for the first year then every 6 months for 5 years. I'm thankful for my healthcare team and for the amazing family and friends in my life. If it wasn't for them I would not be where I am today. I will forever be changed by my cancer, I will always worry of reoccurance. I will not let that stop me from living my life and enjoying moments with my family and friends. I just want to tell women out there that they need to pay attention to their bodies and when something doesn't seem right or seems different please get checked. It can save your life.
Teresa Ingram DX on September 3, 2015
I was diagnosed after a battle with several doctors who told me that I did not have cancer. Finally I was scheduled with a wonderful GYN who found the volleyball size mass in my abdomen. My oncology team was wonderful. Fortunately I was a stage 2 because both ovaries were involved. I had 18 weeks of chemo. I am still cancer free!
Betty Draffin DX in July 2016
Earned angel Wings on FEBRUARY 5TH 2017
My amazing beautiful grandmother Betty Draffin had been sick for over a year and doctors kept trying to say it was her muscles and several other things finally we figured it out but it was to late from the moment we found it everything started going down hill she started chemo I was caring for her 24/7 and my 3 kids it was hard the kids didn't understand all they knew was grandma had cancer and it was really bad [😦] the scans showed it was little dots through her body it came back as a type of ovarian cancer but wasn't sure on why she had it because she had a full hysterectomy in the 70's only thing they could come up with is some left over tissue it had formed on and spread rapidly She was my rock so having to stay strong to help her was extremely hard because I was watching the strongest woman I know slowly slip away by FEBRUARY she barely looked like herself we went to hospital for breathing problems they kept her and said she didn't have long and 2 days later we lost her I lost the person who raised me who was my rock and now I had to be everyone else's rock to help them thru it even tho deep within I was the one who needed the help and still do it's been almost 3 months now and I feel alone my kids keep me going but when they r at school I am weak I don't feel strong anymore I miss her so bad R.i.P. Grandma Betty Draffin 8/19/37-2/5/17 (submitted by Sarah Voyles, granddaughter)
Caysha Hoyt dx on June 6, 2013
I was 15 years old when I got diagnosed. I felt fine everyday only problem I had was couldn't tolerate eggs or dairy which we linked back to my mom because she can't have those. Well one night while hanging with friends and being crazy teens I ended up jumping off a billboard with them, the next day I woke up in really bad pain. I played this pain off for two or three days and then finally told mom about it. When we arrived at the ER I first got told I was pregnant and after farther testing they found out I had a hcg producing tumor. A couple days later on moms birthday we found out it was cancer. My world turned upside down when I got diagnosed with dysgerminomia the tumor was 17 inches by 9 inches. It took one of my dreams away from me and that was to be a mom but I'm thankful to be alive. Now I take kids at the hospitals fighting cancer blankets and different gifts!
Tonya Ritchey dx on March 7, 2017
On January 30, I ended up in the ER in alot pain on my left side. They ran a bunch of test, I was there all day. Blood work, CT scan, etc, etc, etc. Well they found a huge mass, the size of a softball, on my left ovary that is causing the pain. So scheduled an appointment with a specialist (oncology). I had surgery Feb. 17th at 12:30pm. To take the left one and leave the right. They ended up taking both ovaries. Got my test results back today. The doctor said that the ovaries have cancer. It's not aggressive and it didn't spread thru lymph nodes etc. It's a type of ovarian cancer that is slow moving(low grade), the cancer actually will flake off and move thru the body until it attaches itself to another part of the body... so,The lining of my stomach showed cancer cells... My doctor put me on a ""hormone based chemo" which is a drug they use in breast cancer. Anastrozole. Generic equivalent of Arimidex. Side effects; SUCK. The doctor is talking about changing my medicine.
Ellen Mary Beggs Earned her wings March 8th , 2016
Loved by all! (submitted by Rachel Davis).
Bekah Mae Born on March 8, 1998
Earned her angel wings on December 12, 2012
BEKAH WAS A VIBRANT 14 YEAR OLD THAT WAS FULL OF SASS AND SPUNK AND WITH A HEART OF GOLD. SHE LOVED HANGING WITH FRIENDS, WATCHING THE PACKERS AND COULDN'T WAIT TO DRIVE A CAR. IN SEPTEMBER 2012 HER WORLD CHANGED WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 OVARIAN CARCINOMA, 93 DAYS LATER, AFTER AGGRESSIVE TREATMENTS, BEKAH EARNED HER WINGS. HER MEMORY, HER HEART AND HER LIFE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
Stephanie Michole Lowden Dx on September 25, 2016 Earned her wings December 5, 2016
She’s was only 23 years old. She was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer.
Julie Foppe DX on April26, 2016
I am a single mom of four beautiful children! Two boys and Two girls who are 18,16,15 and 14. I have four darling puppies who I also love with all of my heart!! They are Coton de Tulears. Since diagnosed I have been Fighting like a girl and doing everything in my power to win this battle!! I feel like I have been trying to live like a Rockstar and travel as much as possible and LIVE MY LIFE!!!!!!!
Liz Laur dx on May 2011
I have Stage 3 Grade C Ovarian Cancer for 5 years. I've had 3 separate round of Chem along with the Hysterectomy and tumor removal. I've had nutropenia among other problems. Currently, I am starting sessions with the new immunotherapy, with the new medicine called Katruda. I have had 2 sessions 3 weeks apart and I do feel better for the most part and my CA-125 #s have went down 3 points after the first session. With God's Blessings, things will continue to go well.
Linda Grow Siekman DX in 1991
I was diagnosed in 1991 with Ovarian Cancer, a fast growing tumor that when surgically removed, was the size of a Volleyball....my surgeon told me! My 2nd surgery was done by my gynecological oncologist surgeon, who removed all of the lymph nodes throughout my torso and he did over 50 biopsies.....32 just on the colon and intestines...alone. I was on chemo for six months and here it is 2017, and I am still free. I have lymphedema now....25 years later, that began about three years ago....and it is throughout my torso....from the combination of chemicals in my chemo drug....so I am quite bloated. But I am alive and I sing God's praises for finding the perfect gynecological-oncologist to heal me. Two years later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer...but totally separate. I was on oral chemo "tamoxifen" for six years, and as a result from it, I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet and ankles. But I am alive and again, sing God's praises. I was 47 years old when first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and in two more months, I will turn 74 years old. Turn the numbers around. I am blessed!
Megan Pomputius DX on June 25, 2013
My daughter was 2 when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As an ovarian cancer survivor and mom, I wanted to find a way to help others mom's going through this battle. I wrote the book Still My Mommy to help little kids understand that even though mommy might look different, she's still the same amazing mommy!
Lona Morgan-Vogt Earned her wings on February 25 2009
My Mother was the most beautiful woman inside and out. She and my father were together for almost 35 years, and had my brother and myself. She worked as a preschool teacher for many years, and then a year before the diagnosis she became an EEO secretary. The second youngest of six children she knew hardships, and a lot of love. Lona was a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, great-aunt, and friend. When when diagnosed she was given at most with chemotherapy and radiation five years. She fought hard for nine months. Sadly she missed the birth of her first grandchild by ten months. She is always with us in spirit, but we would much rather still have her here. In honor of Lona and all other teal angel's please know your body and the symptoms of this horrific cancer. Your family and friends need you here.
Stacey VanAllen-Hommel DX on March 13,2013
Two time ovarian cancer survivor. First time was march 2013 Second time was August 2, 2016 Currently receiving treatments every three weeks for maintenance.
Angie Denney Dx on April 16, 2o16
Earned angel wings on August 16, 2016
My sister, Angie, fought hard for 3 months and 3 days. She was 36 years old. My son was born 5 days after she passed away. I miss her every day. I pray for those going through this and those who have lost loved ones.
BAMBI BRAUN DX on JUNE 2014
My husband passed away from complications from Lung Cancer surgery in March 2012. By June 2014 I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and underwent a very big surgery to remove all they could from my abdomen. Been on 9 different chemo drugs since then and here in August 2016 my CA125 is 5 times worse than in the beginning and my CT scans are worse also. Not sure what to do from here but keep praying and having faith in God that he will take care of me no matter what! Fight on and stay strong!!
Michele hickey DX on october 8, 2017
I am 48 yrs old I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer on 10/8/2017 i noticed my stomach swelling up and I wasn't eating very much and constantly going to the toilet and went to my doctors he asked me questions and said it sounded like irritable bowels so I went home and looked it up and I did sound like it could be that so I changed my diet and left it until I got a cough and was getting out of breath very quickly so went back to a different doctor and she checked me thoroughly and sent me to a&e straight away the tests started and they found I had fluid around my stomach and lung and a mass on my ovaries so I was kept in to drain the fluid and now I'm having chemotherapy every 3 wks I am having a scan to see if it has shrunk enough for an operation I am positive and staying strong and ready to fight this.
Kristine DX on February 8,2016
My name is Kristine. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was 34. The cancer was removed with surgery and no other treatment was needed. Approaching 1 year cancer free on February 18.
Caroline Loo-Lew DX ON February 7, 2017
I have stage 3b. I started chemo last Monday,I will go for 6 months and continue to pray each day. I have 3 sons and the most amazing husband! My hair is suppose to fall out next week, I bought a wig and have head wrap to play with. I am determined . Quitting has never been an option for me. I have a strong support army of friends and family. I am beyond grateful and blessed!
Lauren Malott DX on April 28, 2017
Hi there! My name is Lauren Malott and I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer on 4.28.17. I have been having problems with abdominal pain though for over a year and it wasn't until I went to an oncologist that they found the problem. My primary doctor was unsure of what could be wrong, and the hospital diagnosed it as ovarian cysts. I had a hysterectomy on 4.20.2017 and they removed my ovaries and fallopian tubes, I am 23 years old and my dream of having a family came crashing down along with my diagnosis. After biopsies were done it was determined I had stage 3 ovarian cancer, and had another small surgery this time to insert a port a cath, in my chest to make it easier for me to receive chemo. I go to chemo every week once a week and this will continue until September. I would encourage everyone young age or not to listen to their bodies and get tested, the hospital refused to test me for cancer because they said I didn't meet the age criteria. Cancer does not discriminate based on age! I'm remaining optimistic with my new team of oncologists and friends and family behind me, I'm a fighter , and will continue to fight until I'm healthy again! #thisonesafighter #TeamLauren
Jo Ellen Albert DX In August 2009
Earned Her Wings: September 23, 2010
My Mom, Jo Ellen Albert, had symptoms that her Dr.wrote off as drug seeking. She never weighed over 110pounds even when pregnant, but had ballooned to 180, she had leg pain that he dismissed as restless leg syndrome, she told me and the Dr several years after menopause and 2years before diagnosed that her stomach had a fluttering similar to baby movements, Dr. giggled and said, be thankful at your age we know it's not. March 2009, she came down with pneumonia and went to the ER,where a spot on her lung showed up. Blood work, scans, doctor after doctor, finally end up with a diagnosis August 2009, Ovarian Cancer stage 4C, had metastasized to her lungs,liver, stomach lining, uterus, fallopian tubes. No hysterectomy would help. 14 Months of chemotherapy, we lost her at the age of 58 on September 23,2010. (submitted by daughter: Jeri Penix)
Gay Wilson Dx on December 4, 2016
Looking back, I probably had symptoms for 6 months prior to Dx. Some of the symptoms were bowel changes, irregular bleeding and pain. I had felt a lump in pelvic area. Didn't really bother me much. Since I just started a new job, I didn't want to ask off for going to Dr. But he Saturday after Thanksgiving, I was in a lot of pelvic pain. Went to ER, had a CT scan and blood work. My CA-125 was at 85 and CT showed a mass. I was diagnosed with Stage 1c in December, 2016. I had a total hysterectomy, appendix removed, ommentum removed and numerous lymph nodes removed. Frontline of Carbo/Taxol once every 3 weeks for 6 rounds. It was very tough. Had a blood clot and was hospitalized for a few days. Started having nerve damage on ankle so changed from Taxol to Taxotere. Did not experience nausea, just deep bone aches. I have been NEF for 5 months. Still get frightened when I go have blood work done but it's getting better. I am able to walk 5 miles 3-6 times a wk. So, all in all, doing well. Sometimes it's still hard to fathom I had cancer. Never ever thought I would be a part of the "C" club.
Brandi Cooper DX in May of 2007
I had just turned 24 when diagnosed in may of 2007. It started with severe abdominal pain one morning. My mom took me to the doctor and was told possibly UTI or appendicitis. Tried meds for the UTI but was still in severe pain the next day so made the dreaded trip to the ER. I did not have insurance at the time so went to our local County hospital and after waiting in the waiting room for 19 hours I was finally called to the back. Had blood work, urine samples, stool samples, x-rays, and 2 types of ultrasounds and was told they couldn't find anything wrong. Was sent home with meds. The next day I was called back for a CT scan. They found an ovarian cyst. Was admitted to the hospital and within 6 hours was in emergency surgery. They removed a cyst attached to my ovary that was the size of 3 basketballs put together and weighed 28 pounds!. We found out a couple days later that it was cancer. I had 6 months of chemotherapy and a complete hysterectomy in January 2008. No other cancer was found. Before having been diagnosed I didn't even know the signs of ovarian cancer, but after having the diagnosis I realized I had every single one of them. I can't stress enough to please know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. It truly is a silent killer. I was officially pronounced cured on Oct 2 2012!
Traci Drake Earned her wings October 18, 2015
My aunt TayTay, was accepting of everyone regardless of flaws or mistakes. She lived for family and all the kids. She fought very hard and even on her worst days she wanted to be with the kids and family and friends