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My partner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on her left ovary and they removed it as well as everything else( complete hysterectomy). She had the surgery to remove the tumor and was told by her DR. that they got it all and that the biopsies came back all negative BUT she would require 3 treatments with chemo to make sure that everything is good. But she is wondering if anyone has had the chemo treatments for Ovarian cancer and could someone share with us what we should be expecting during each stage of therapy... physically as well as emotionally. This has left her with many huge fears as we are raising a son together and have just begun our lives and she doesnt know what to be expecting. She is afraid she will not have a normal life now due to this. Can anyone help relieve some of her fears. She is the type of woman who wants to know and be prepared( kind of in control type of gal.) She is a note writer, planner, down to the last detail kind of gal. Alice and I (Rhonda) would be so grateful for any and all insight. She is feeling alone during this even though she has a good support team. She just needs real true insight from someone who has been there and is living life again. She see's the chemo Dr. wed. and can't get past her fears even with the positive results from the cancer surgeon. She needs to hear from someone who has been there and has dealt with the physical and mental part of this. She has a strong faith in God but even that is shaken. We are a comitted couple and I am NOT going anywhere. We will get thru this together, anything you all can say to show her that this will not stop her from living her life will be a Blessing Thank You.
Rhonda and Alice
I had a tumor on my right ovary. I had already previously had my uterus removed several years ago. Benign cysts were found on the left ovary so it was removed as well as a precaution. The cancerous tumor on the right ovary was an early stage and was an incidental finding during surgery for a different problem.
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that can recurr. The chemo treatments are given to lessen the chances of this occuring and also to destroy any cancer cells that may have broken from the original tumor. I had 3 rounds of chemo.
The surgery was done in November, 2006. So far, all of the CA-125 blood tests that are done to monitor any possible recurrence have been normal. The time before these tests is when I experience my anxiety.
I was touched very deeply spiritually by this experience. I am fully aware that the discovery of the tumor under these circumstances was a miracle. I have been searching sense for some special purpose for my life. What I have come up with is that I am to continue living as I was. And that I am to share my experience and hope with others.
The physical part of the chemo treatments is different for each person as there are different kinds of drugs used and each body will react differently. It is important to have on hand the foods that are better tolerated during chemo. Also, the people and the things in your surroundings that bring you comfort.
Most likely you will lose your hair. It helps if you can get your wig, if you want one, and your hats/scarves before you lose the hair. You will be feeling more up to it physically and it helps with the transition. I was quite comfortable walking around the house bald but chose to not have others see me this way.
If I have to do it again, I will tell more people about what is going on so that they can help and not put so much responsibility on the shoulders of my two daughters. I did not tell but maybe 4 people. I did not want pity, I guess. And for some reason I felt 'damaged. I asked for no visitors and no phone calls. I wanted to be with myself to try to adjust. I, too, am a planner. I don't like surprises. This was a HUGE SURPRISE. It left me feeling very vulnerable. If this could happen to me, what else might happen? I was not comfortable going out socially fully for about a year. I felt safe in my home. I chose only those activities that I REALLY WANTED TO DO. I slowly let people in. I knew that they were there in thoughts and prayers.My focus was on ME. Not selfish but SELF-FULL. I wanted quiet. I wanted for no one to be poking, prodding, examining me.
It is nice to have someone with you during the chemo treatments even though you may sleep through part of it. It is good, also, to have someone go to the doctor appointments as a second set of ears.
My journal tells in more detail about my experience, but I wanted to write a personal response to you. I look at the clouds in the sky now. Each day means more to me and I wake up each day with a plan.
This will not stop you from living your life. You will live it more than you ever did before.