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I knew my time was not over on this earth. I believe God has something for me to do. I look after a five acre property.

Dreams in Shadow: Seventeen Stories All Told

I pace myself and don't worry about the things that used to bother me. I try to stay healthy. I eat fruit and vegetables especially those recommended by the cancer council.

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I take my dog walking around the property and exercise. It is good to be alive and one thing I know. I will never be afraid of cancer again. Ian's grandma My husband and I had a difficult relationship with our only child and his wife. When I was first diagnosed, he suddenly realized he loved me and was devastated, and his wife became affectionate and caring. I am now on relapse 3, but have enjoyed nearly 8 years of family happiness and closeness. Now they have a baby, 7 months, and I feel so lucky I am here to see him.

He is a merry little boy. I don't know what the future will bring or how long it is but these past years of joy and love have been so wonderful. And my darling husband is an angel of caring. Ovarian cancer has brought us all together. At 48, I knew I shouldn't be having incontinence.

After my examination at the doctor's office, I asked him what he thought and he replied "well, I think it's a tumor and "cancer" hasn't left the building". He sent me for bloodwork and a pelvic ultrasound and told me he'd have the results back on Monday. It was, without a doubt, the longest weekend of my life. Ovarian cancer? I never knew anyone who'd had this type of cancer and after going online to check it out - I was scared to death! After a complete hysterectomy and debulking, I woke up in my hospital room in the middle of the night and found that I was alone.

I called my husband at the hotel and he came right over. The good news was that the GYN oncologist thought she had gotten all of the cancer, but it had spread from the pelvic area into my abdomen.


When the GYN came to visit me, she said that I had a stubborn "type" of cancer cell - called "clear cell"; fortunately, a chemo treatment for "clear cell" was now available and my body responded very well to the treatment. I had pills for nausea and was never sick - just very tired and lost my hair, which for me was very difficult. I found out the meaning of life and love while fighting for my life.

My husband cared for me like a baby, cooking for me and forcing me to eat even when I didn't want to. He never missed a doctor's appointment or a round of chemo. He kept my spirits up, refusing to leave me alone if I was depressed. We live in a small rural part of Alaska. Friends and people that we barely knew cooked for us, opened up a bank account for donations and sent me get well cards, usually with money.

A lot of people knew that we didn't have health insurance. My parents live in Atlanta and there were prayer chains from Georgia to Alaska. In August '04, I had my last chemo. I do have anxiety that the cancer will return, but I do mostly manage to control that fear by only allowing it "front and center stage" for brief moments.

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After a few moments, I pray and push those thoughts out of my mind - choosing instead to concentrate on living instead of the fear of dying. There is residual fall-out from the hysterectomy, unfortunately. As I have a "little weight on my bones", I developed an abdominal hernia which has required 2 surgeries. They were both necessary to repair the hernia and clear the bowel obstruction. After 2 surgeries, the hernia has returned and I have since learned that bowel obstructions quite often happen in conjunction with abdominal hernias.

I have been hearing more and more about abdominal hernias as a result of hysterectomies. My surgeon has told me that I need to lose pounds and keep it off in order for the hernia repair to actually work. So while I made it through ovarian cancer, I still have another big hurdle to overcome.

Since my year bout with ovarian cancer, I have gone through it with 2 close friends and we are all three alive and well. This is the lesson that I have learned: Live. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

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Feel free to email me at: taxladysuz gmail. This has been so shocking and hard to understand. Her treatment so far was only removal of the tumor which was on the right ovary, removal of implant on right tube and removal of 2 implants on peritineal wall. We are seeking opinions regarding removal of the right ovary and tube. I want to be aggressive to help prevent recurrance and protect her from invasive cancer, but the doctors of course want to save her fertility.

But since she is only 16, being a mother is many years away! Does anyone have any insight for us? Pam Dahler Hi, my daughter Carly who is 24 has been diagnosed with serous borderline ovarian cancer stage 3 with invasive implants - very confusing as borderline tumours are not supposed to spread. Is there anyone out there who has now or in the past had this very rare type of borderline tumour and more importantly how they have coped and what their treatment and prognosis is - thanks x Joanne I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in March of , just 4 days short of my 50th birthday.

I went to the doctors in early March after experiencing back pain, bloating and getting a period after a year. I thought these symptoms were all part of menopause. I was not all that shocked when I heard the word Cancer, but the stage upset me. I am now participating in a clinical trial. I just finished the first phase and starting the second phase.

It involves IV and IP treatments. I am now on a 21 day cycle of avastin. I will finish up June My CT scans have been good. NED and CA has been below Life is good. I only have one piece of advice. Listen to your body.

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As for hitting the big I can't wait until 51!! They have said her ovaries and uterus are bulky but tumors have been found and her lymph nodes are slightly swollen in her back. She finally say gyn and did a biopsy this week. Can anyone offer some insight is this something we should be worried about as we are.

Dreams in Shadow: Seventeen Stories All Told

Thanks Cynthia Green 2 N. It's been more than 4 years since my fight with metastatic stage IV ovarian cancer. Just saw my ongologist 2 months ago and my CA was 5. Way back in it was I'm enjoying being with my friends and family, working, and doing the things that make me happy.

I thank God for my friends and family, the oncology nurses and my gynecologic oncologist. The special things I do to try and keep my health: I try and eat right at least half of the time. I try to eat all those foods they say prevent cancer. I work hard to keep my stress level down.