Elizabeth, thanks for sharing your story. So glad you are doing well, but it's scary to hear young women get cancer too. I lost a friend to cancer and she was only 20. We REALLY need to educate ourselves, our friends and our children so we can be healthy. Most of all..... go to the doc when we don't feel well.
Your story scared me, but put me into a reality check. Will go to the doc. Thanks!
Blessings to you, Elizabeth. I also had what my doctors thought was a "benign" tumor. Until I made the decision to have a total hysterectomy and they performed the biopsy, I also was stunned to learn that I had Stage 1 ovarian cancer. If I had not made that decision, you can only imagine what would have happened. I believe we both had guardian angels taking care of us and we both are miracles to have survived this deadly cancer. My best wishes to you and may you make the most of each day because it is a gift.
Even though I don't know you, I am happy that you are ok!!!..:)..Am getting a pap next monday (due to ongoing abdominal cramping) and an ultra sound..Hoping it is just IBS and nothing more serious!!..Glad to see people with stories of survival on this site!!!!..:)
I had a similar experience to you, Elizabeth. I was a week past my 19th birthday and was going to the ob/gyn for the first time. I had had no symptoms, nothing wrong, as far as I could knew. But the ob/gyn found a large mass in my pelvis and started accusing me of being pregnant. An ultrasound showed a nearly 15cm mass that was not a fetus and assumed to be a cyst.
I was operated on and the "cyst" was found to be cancer, as well. I was "lucky" also because my particular type of cancer was (very) slow-growing and still in Stage I. I think so many people see ovarian cancer as an "old person's disease" but it's not! (And even if it were, so what? It's a terrible disease!)
Stay strong! Thank you for sharing your story. Let's make Stage I the cure! <3 SJB
Well, back in the end of March, I went to the OB/GYN to have a yearly visit, and was lucky I did. My doctor informed me, my yearly wasn't due till August, but we could go ahead and have it since I was there. Well, I am glad we went ahead. About a week later, I recieved a call from her and she told me out of 17 years of coming to her, my pap test came back Abnormal; which was the first abnormal one I'd had. So, we did a sonogram as I had been complaining of my side hurting where my ovary lay, and she said I did have a cyst. So, she said we needed to perform a biopsy. I said, okay and about a week later I was back for the biopsy. We then waited another week for the results and it came back the same, Abrnormal, pre-cancerous, mild displaysia. So, she performed a hysteroctomy on me May 22, 2009, when nearly ended my life from complications in surgery and again a few days later from too much fluid from a blood transfusion building up in my lungs.
I stayed 6 days in the hopsital, and am glad to be alive after the surgery and complications from that, but also from having yearly annual pap tests. So, even if your doc says it's early to have your pap smear, go ahead and do it, becuase who knows where I'd be if I'd waited till August. My 12 year old daughter has already gotten 2 Gardisil shots to help prevent cervical cancer, so please get checked every year and make sure your daughters do too. God Bless you all!