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Comment from: pitbull lover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I am a 6 year survivor. My symptoms were: extreme fatigue (sleeping 12 to 14 hours a day), lower backache, and feeling full after eating very little. I had cystic granulosa cell tumor ovarian cancer at the age of 41.

Comment from: MINTY, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I am currently recovering from surgery and have had my first cycle of chemo. I put off taking my symptoms to the GP for some time. The first was bladder weakness, and having seen all the TV ads and assumed in a woman of my age 52 that incontinence was natural. I bought the pads. The next symptom was a bloated feeling in my lower abdomen. Again I believed the ads and bought the yogurt. A very sore hip finally took me to the GP who sent me to hospital where a 16cm mass was found. Please if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, they are not "just our age". Get them checked out.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

As for ovarian cancer, I was diagnosed with a stromal cell tumor when I was 29, so my situation was a bit different. I had no real symptoms at all related to my abdomen, other than the usual stomach issues I've had my entire life. I did develop terrible acne all over my back and chest, which I guess was due to the extra estrogen production. I went in for my yearly exam and my GYN found the mass, which hurt when he pressed on it. Then I had an ultrasound at his office. They thought it was a cyst until it ruptured and was sent in for lab work after my emergency surgery. I actually didn't know it was cancer until a week after my surgery. The cancer had metastasized by that point, so I did undergo chemotherapy. I do have to say that having your yearly exam is essential or I may never have known about my cancer. Five years later, I have had no recurrence and I now have a 3 year old son.

Comment from: tennisgirl62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I was warming up for a work-out at the gym. Prior to doing sit-ups I do a move called "organs in place" which keeps women from developing a "muscle bulge" low in abdominal area and helps develop a flatter stomach. When I pressed on the inside of my hip bone and pushed down and toward belly button I felt a weird sharp pain. This was February 2007. Had an pelvic ultrasound two days later and surgery to remove ovary 10 days later, full hysterectomy and "cancer surgery".

Comment from: Sassy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I felt stomach pain and lower back pain. I would take Peptol Bismol and it would alleviate the stomach pain but the pain would always seem to resurface again. At the time I was so busy I couldn't have time to run to the doctor so I kept on taking the Peptol bismol. Usually the Peptol bismol would always help me out. Not this time. I went to my doctor and told him what I was feeling. He sent me for a battery of tests. The doctor told me I had a mass on the right side of my ovary. I had already gone through menopause and was 52 years old. I went to the gynecologist. He sent me to a cancer specialist where who gave me a hysterectomy, they took out my appendex and I had an oopherectomy. After, the doctor told me I had stage 2 ovarian cancer. I went through chemotherapy. I lost my hair and everything and I'm lucky to be alive today. I'm a cancer survivor. It's been 3 years for me.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I recently went to the hospital bleeding badly from the rectum and was told I had "Ischemic Colonitis". However, I continued to have diarrhea, no appetite and a lot of pain in the left side, lower and some upper region. After a CT scan I was told Saturday that I have a growth, about 1-1/2 inches on my left ovary. I had a hysterectomy back in the 70's but only the Uterus. I am very afraid it is cancer and am now waiting for a pelvic ultrasound to get more info. I am having trouble thinking positively for which I am ashamed of myself! The waiting is making me crazy! God bless all of you and please pray for me as well.

Comment from: karen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I have just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, luckily it has been caught very early but this was only due to the fact that my periods became very irregular. I didn't have a period for 5 months then for the last 6 have had one constantly. If I hadn't persisted going to the doctors it could have been very serious. I was just told that it was the menopause as I am now 50. Don't give up if you know something is not right we know our bodies better than anyone.

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