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Health Update

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:55 pm

As many of you saw before we lost several months of the blogs (I hope that info returns), I found out I have ovarian cancer. I had a follow up appointment yesterday. It is stage 4, which initially devastated me. However, the doctor said because I had accumulated fluid around my lungs that had cancer cells, that put it above the midline. This automatically stages it at a four. The fluid was drained in the hospital. She said otherwise, based on what she saw, she would have staged it at a 2. She truly thinks she got it all. The reason for the chemo is to get small cells that may not be visible to the eye. I lost 23 pounds in four weeks. I needed it, so as long as it doesn't go down much more, I am happy as far as weight goes.

I get a chest port today. I get a stomach port on Friday. I start chemo next Wednesday. I have mentally prepared myself the best I can. I am going back to editing tomorrow which will help occupy my time.

I urge you if you ever get full after a few bites on a regular/semi-regular basis, start urinating too often and/or have bloating or breathing hard, insist on getting a CA 125 test. Regular blood tests and pap smears do not catch ovarian cancer. It spreads so quickly. My doctor agrees with me that my mass probably grew large within a 6 week period. My mass overtook my right ovary completely. The fallopian tube was not even visible. It spread over to my appendix.

Anyhow, on a positive note, things are moving in the right direction. Financially I am holding my own. Thank goodness I had moved in with my dad in June. It gives me much more of a cushion since my rent is cheap.

22 Responses to “Health Update”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Praying for you, Laura!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I am so glad the cancer was caught and it sounds like the treatment to this point has been effective. Best of luck with the chemo.

  3. mumof2 Says:

    wishing you a speedy recovery

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    ((HUGS))

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    Thinking positive thoughts for you that your recovery goes well.

  6. lurker Says:

    It sounds like you've got a really good prognosis!

    My mother had ovarian cancer and the same symptoms. Women really need to be made more aware of this disease. So much time and money has been focused on breast cancer and such great gains were made. It's time to switch focus to gynelogical cancers.

  7. Stephanie Says:

    Prayers of good health and good spirits!

  8. Michelle Says:

    Sending prayers your way

  9. Carol Says:

    Sending you prayers and thanking you for the clear information. Those signs would not have made me think cancer.

  10. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    glad you are doing so well.

  11. Wink Says:

    Sending you healing thoughts and prayers!

  12. Lucky Robin Says:

    I really hope your doctor is right. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this.

  13. Dido Says:

    Sending prayers for your swift recovery! And thank you for the information.

  14. rob62521 Says:

    Keep up your good spirit! Said a prayer for you as you fight!

  15. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{Hugs}} Laura.

  16. Laura S. Says:

    Thank you everyone!

  17. Jenn Says:

    Prayers for you! It's good that you're with your dad

  18. Jazzmint98 Says:

    Hugs!! Praying for you.

  19. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Prayers for a quick and complete recovery for you!

  20. Jenn Says:

    Still thinking of you Laura, and hoping that your body is healing well.

  21. Fern Says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery. I don't know if you are open to this, but you might want to do some reading about the best nutritional diet for cancer patients, to keep your body strong through chemotherapy. I recommended a book to someone I work with, who has breast cancer, and I'd be happy to steer you toward various websites if you have an interest.

  22. Jenn Says:

    Continuing to pray for your healing Laura and wishing you a happy Thanksgiving with your family.

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