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Abbreviations & Acronyms
dx diagnose, diagnosis
FSH follicle-stimulating hormone
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
IVP intravenous pyelogram — study to look at the kidneys and ureters
NED no evidence of disease
s/s signs & symptoms
SLS second-look surgery
TAH / BSO total abdominal hysterectomy / bilateral salpingectomy and oophorectomy — removal of, respectively: uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries
tx treat, treatment
US ultrasound
WAR whole abdominal radiation
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Submitted on 10/20/2003
Photo of Jayna I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 17. I just knew something was wrong but at 17 who thinks of cancer?? I finally got scared when I went to a beach with some friends and when I laid down my stomach wouldn't sink in and it started feeling hard. I went home and told my mom, "You have to take me to the doctor."

Well, the initial diagnosis was that I was 5 months pregnant and when I insisted that unless it was immaculate conception, something else was wrong and the doctor sent me for an ultrasound-then I was told I had a cyst the size of a football on my ovary and was scheduled for emergency surgery the next morning.

My worst experience of this whole thing was that my doctor and my surgeon both thought the other would tell me I had cancer so I was totally shocked a few weeks later when I asked the surgeon if I would keep getting these cysts and what to do about them-his response, "You have cancer and you need chemo and you are going to be very sick and lose all your hair."

Well, I can't exactly remember the few days following. I remember going to my room and didn't want to talk to anyone-I was so scared! Then my parents sat me down and told it like it was and of course we all cried. It was decided I would go to a bigger city for treatment to a children's hospital.

Well, the whole cycle of chemo-two weeks off, one week on...well, I met a lot of great people and had a lot of bad and good experiences but mostly remember the good and 12 years later...here I am, even though I am not supposed to be!! Jayna

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