Jul 26, 2004 - 5:08 pm
I'm sorry for what you are going through, but I'm so impressed with your strength. I love strong women!!
My good friend and I are just entering this world of OVCA -- she was diagnosed a week ago, and we are still waiting on the staging and typing, surgery and all the information that is so key. Very harrowing for all of us involved -- and absolutely devastating for her. This is where it starts -- the waiting, the patience, the hope.
It was so good to read about how life does go on -- yes changed in many ways -- and how this horrible disease can bring people together. I'm going to take careful notes (I've learned a lot already), and bring this to her in a way that she can accept. I'm here to do the connecting that she will not do. She is private, not computer oriented and very uninformed medically.
Her first symptoms were abdominal pain, then back pain, then bloating, shortness of breath and a feeling of fullness. Vomiting and diarrhea followed. She has ascites, but no visible growths (CAT scan) other than a "large" one on the left ovary. The doctors felt confident stating that the growth was cancerous. She has no family history of this, is 57 and is otherwise in good health.
Thank you again. I will check in here once we know more. Kris.