Ovarian Cancer - Symptoms and Signs

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Published: July 14

I am 49. I have just been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. In the past month I changed my diet and bought a TreadClimber. I had pain in my abdomen, but attributed it to the exercise. I lost 15 pounds but again attributed it to my life changes. However, my belly started to swell and I felt like I was pregnant. Then intercourse became painful and in the same week, I felt like something was falling out of my vagina. That is what took me to hospital. I am awaiting news from my team whether I will have chemotherapy first, or surgery..

Published: May 05

Stage 3b survivor here after almost six years. Classic case of delayed diagnosis, as I was having irregular period problems and saw my gynecologist several times during the 8 months before diagnosis! By that time, I had a huge malignant tumor mass. My amazing surgeon had to remove my ovaries, uterus and cervix along with a lot of surrounding tissue. However, I remained "studded" with tumors on my bladder, colon and other areas, but thankfully they found nothing in my lower body lymph nodes (those that were sampled). Chemotheraphy sucks but it was worth it, because here I am after 6 years, alive and apparently healthy, and my advice is ... if you're reading this, you suspect or know you have cancer, or somehow related to someone who does. Go to your doctor! Get a complete physical and if you're in the prolonged "problems with period" stage, demand the CA 123 tumor marker test and an ultrasound! It might save your life. FYI, I am extremely grateful for the wonderful doctors I have, they saved me from certain death. I have no idea how many more years I have, the odds aren't good for long term, but I've beat them so far and I'm going to keep kicking it! Hope this helps someone. .