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Ovarian Cancer and Covid 19

Hi Everyone,      It has been a while since I have written. I have had some health setbacks and complications that have taken my energy, and am finally feeling able to put pen to paper (or keyboard to computer!) to once  again share some thoughts.      We are living in frightening, uncertain times. The Coronavirus is presenting a…

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Well, I Didn’t See THAT Coming!

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                  It has been a long time since my last blog. I have been in and out of the hospital since last October, dealing with a new issue. When you have Cancer, you go through so many treatments and different meds. All these treatments and meds have a laundry list of side effects, some…

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Who is That Person in the Mirror?

Hi Everyone,      Often I will talk about the things that Cancer cannot take away from you, the things that you have control over. There is a flip side to that, one that has impacted me of late.      I am presently undergoing treatment for my Cancer and am receiving two drugs – the chemo drug Doxil,…

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Old Friends

Hi Everyone, I’ve recently gone back into treatment for my Cancer. I am receiving chemotherapy and a biologic, and we go every other week.  All of the usual emotions you would expect have surfaced, catapulting me onto that ever winding roller coaster ride that is so emotional. Along with the scary, churning emotions that come…

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Supporting Each Other

Hi Everyone, This week I attended Ovarian Cancer 101’s Gynecological Cancers Support Group. The meeting is one that always fosters support, understanding, and compassion. Attendees are dealing with different Cancers, and are at varied stages of their illness – some in treatment, some in remission, some just newly diagnosed.  People can share, or just listen,…

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Searching For “Normal”

Hi Everyone, One of the things I struggle with as I strive not to let my Cancer define me, is feeling a sense of normalcy. I try to make my Cancer take a back seat to the business of living, in an effort to feel like the person I was before my diagnosis. That person…

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I Should Be Happy, Right?

Hi Everyone, I recently had my last chemo treatment, something that patients are always happy about. But in a way it is a double-edged sword. While it is a positive thing to stop chemo, there are some perks that I have to say good-bye to. Chemo perks? I know, sounds crazy. Saying good-bye to the…

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Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories Kim L. I’m 44 years old and I consider myself a cancer thriver. I’m the third generation in my family to have ovarian cancer. My paternal grandmother was diagnosed in 1977 at the age of 71 and died within 1 year.  She was treated with platinum chemotherapy. Almost 20 yrs later, in 1994,…

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Identity Crisis

Hi Everyone! I think we as Cancer patients are constantly dealing with trying to hold onto ourselves, our very identity, as we are so impacted by chemo side effects, the Cancer itself, and any other ailments we are subject to picking up because of our weak immune system.  I have been thinking about this a…

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Nausea and Joint Pain and Neuropathy…Oh My!

Hi Everyone, I have found a wonderful way to distract me from my fears and worries about my Ovarian Cancer – Chemo side effects!!!  Who knew that there would be a good use to put my pesky side effect symptoms to, taking my mind off my Cancer! In the past, I have struggled with various…

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And Away We Go!

Hi Everyone, No matter how many times I go through chemo, I am always amazed at how it catches me off guard, surprising me with all of its twists and turns. I’ve had two rounds of chemo so far, and am already finding myself taken aback by the side effects, side effects that by now…

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Plot Twist!

Hi Everyone, I recently had my latest scan and MRI to check on the status of my Cancer. I went through all the usual fears and worries as I had the scans, then waited for the results. Well, this time my tests showed a spread of my Cancer. I had a torrent of emotions all…

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Surprise, Surprise

Hi Everyone, Recently I was invited by Diane Riche of Ovarian Cancer 101, to attend their first Gynecologic Cancer Support Group. I said yes immediately, wanting to support the efforts and outreach work for such an important cause. The meeting took place last night. What happened between being asked to take part, and actually going…

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Everyone, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As each September rolls around, I am reminded of the amazing people, and organizations, who advocate tirelessly each and every day of the year, raising funds, supporting research, and educating people about Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian Cancer 101, Dancing for a Cure, and Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. are three local…

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