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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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Carol Johnson

Submitted on 03/14/2013

Our house burned to the ground on April 4 2008. I spent the summer getting our new home furnished and when I started having pains in my abdomine in September I just assumed it was nerves left over. I saw my doctor over aperopd on months and finally he suggested I get a c-scan. I did that and they thought it was a cyst on my ovaiary or diviticulitis. I set up an appointment with a surgeon and made a date for the day after Christmas to get it taken care of. My A125 was at 350 at that point and my family doctor mentioned in passing that id it were in the high thousands they would think overian cancer but not to worry at this level. When I woke after surgery the surgeon told me I had stage 4 ovarian cancer and about 6 months to a year to live if I did nothing.

The surgeon put me in touch with Dr. David Michellin who would see me in January. He told me to forget about dying as he didn't treat with death in mind. I asked about any trials I could join so that my life might be of use if I died.

Lucky for me there was one and I did qualify because of the level of the cancer and I jumped in with both feet.

As I lay in my hospital bed on December 26th thinking about being dead in 6 months my mind went blank. It took me three days to accept the facts and three seconds to know I could do nothing about it but God could, so I have left it in His hands ever since and am still here in March 2013.

My life is good and I have no symtoms at this time. I was lucky to get treated with Advastin and that it worked. All I worry about now is my weight, because I am heavy and have type II diabetes. Not on any medication for either illnesses at this time. Praise God.

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