- Let me start by bringing you up to date. My cancer started when I
was a teenager in 1973. I was diagnosed with ovarian dysgerminoma. I
had a nine inch tumor attached to my left ovary, and both were removed in
surgery. The cure for this cancer at that time was Cobalt-60 therapy, and I
received 43 treatments (today, only seven treatments are given).
- In between the first and second bouts of cancer, I was blessed to meet and
marry the man of my dreams.
- Due to unusual spotting, my doctor performed a D&C. The results showed a
well-differentiated adenocarcinoma of the endometrium Grade 1.
Therefore, the decision was made to perform a complete hysterectomy. No further
treatment was decided at this time.
- I had an unusual pain in the
left part of my abdomen and went to see my general practitioner (GP). It was
decided to do a CT Scan with contrast on the pelvic area.
I received a call from my GP to
come to his office and bring someone with me! My response was, "Oh, oh, it's
The radiologist (who had no
idea of my medical history) did not like what he saw in the CT. However, I made
several copies and sent them to a trusted friend (also a radiologist) and my
gynecologist in another state who had been with me since 1973. Both saw nothing out of the
ordinary - but then, they also knew my medical history.
I was referred to a
gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy, but nothing out of the ordinary was
found. Here's where I made a mistake, though. I did not request a report from
the colonoscopy! Had I received the report, I would have read that there was
no diverticular disease.
For over a year, my GP treated
me for diverticulitus! Three times, due to pain on the left side of my pelvis,
I received antibiotics for one week intervals.
2002 - In February, I started having
pain once again on the left side. Rather than go to my GP, I decided to go
back to the gastroenterologist who had performed the colonoscopy in 2000. He
put me on antibiotics for one week; but when I returned still having pain,
but in another place, he scheduled me for another lower CT scan.
comment, he told me that I needed to see a gynecologist immediately. Once again
I made copies of the xrays and sent them to the same two people I trusted. MUCH different
results! My friend told me to contact my gynecologist right away. He told me
that a large tumor was evident on the left side, and a needle biopsy needed to be done
The biopsy indicated that yet a
third cancer had invaded my body. This time, it was metastatic
papillary adenocarcinoma. Another definition of my cancer was
primary peritoneal serous carcinoma, and I was told that I needed
At the end of
February, I was "debulked."
During a four hour surgery, my omentum was removed (a layer of fat which lies in
between the skin and pelvic organs) because it was full of malignancies. Also,
many other masses and adhesions (from past surgeries) were removed.
- At the end of 2007, it was time to do my annual CT Scan with contrast on the pelvic area.
My oncologist waited over a week until after Christmas to call me and let me
know that two very small spots (one about the size of a lima bean) were
new on the scan, thus I was scheduled for a Pet Scan in the middle of January
2008. One of the spots was "hot" indicating malignancy. The small
mass next to my liver was removed in the middle of March.
- Removal of 4.2 cm soft tissue mass located between the stomach and pancreas.
Now, let's look
at my recent history...
The next tab you need to go to is My
Journal. The purpose of this section is to
help anyone who might be going through cancer and know
that you are not alone! I hope it gives you
information to make your walk easier!