Join me in my efforts to support Ovarian Cancer Research as I participate in the Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run.
Thank you for visiting my Ovarian Cancer Awareness page! During these challenging economic times, the need to come together as a community could not be stronger. Any amount, great or small, helps to raise money and awareness in our fight against ovarian cancer. Duke is making progress with new and better treatments and continuing their goal of finding an accurate screening test and with your help it will become a reality. I greatly appreciate any support that you can afford and will keep you posted on my progress.
Once again, thank you for your generous support! Together we can make a difference!
My 2020 story:
I was going to start this off to all my female friends but I think it’s important that men be aware as well since they may have a wife, girlfriend, daughter, sister or cousin etc. First let me say that I am NOT a doctor nor do I have any medical background. I am sharing my journey with you in hopes it helps someone else.
Last Friday, May 1st, I was diagnosed with advanced Ovarian Cancer. I was in shock and very confused. I am still trying to absorb all this. It's all so overwhelming. I had my annual OBGYN appointment Oct. 30, 2019. I had a Colonoscopy in November of 2019 and a endoscopy August 2018. I say all this to show that I take care of myself by routine doctor appointments. Ovarian cancer is the silent killer so many symptoms go unnoticed or get misdiagnosed. I experienced some of the symptoms like abdominal bloating, change in bowels, passing a lot of gas etc. But the gastro doctor thought nothing of it when I said something. I didn’t experience all the symptoms though like weight loss. My back pain was blamed on severe arthritis by my ortho doctor. My shoulder pain was thought of as muscle pain. All these are signs of ovarian cancer.
I am not trying to scare you but if you or a loved one is experiencing severe abdominal bloating (I felt and looked like I was pregnant and at times my stomach would be hard as a rock) please take this serious and see a doctor. I have had my stomach drained of all this fluid build up twice in one week. They sent the fluid away the first time to test it and delivered me with news that has rocked my world. I am not looking for anything but prayers and to educate other women. The oncologist told me yesterday I am 20 years too young for this so as you see cancer does not have a age.
I have been through a lot. I had 3 cycles of chemo that I called death. I had a 14 hour surgery with hipec (heated chemo) followed by 3 more cycle of chemo. In November 2020, I started a chemo pill, Zejula. A few months later, my CA125 started rising. In March it went up more. They did a stat Pet scan. I got the dreaded news that I had a quick reoccurrence. This was devastating news to me. I am now platinum resistant which means I don't have a lot of chemo available to me since most are platinum based. I am also BRCA negative and most of the research is towards BRCA positive ladies. I started a clinical trial back in June. 15 months of non stop chemo has been so hard on my body. I will be on chemo for life.
This is why it's so important to donate to this great cause so nobody else has to go through this!