I was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer in July 2008. I really didn’t have any symptoms until right before I was diagnosed. My cancer had spread from my ovaries to my bowels, omentum, diaphragm and onto my lungs. I had a complete hysterectomy, debulking procedure, and a colostomy.
After my surgery, I had several courses of chemotherapy. Over the last several years, I have had several courses of chemotherapy as needed to keep my cancer maintained. In 2009, I had my colostomy reversed. Over the next year, I developed a fistula on my ureter and got repeated urinary tract infections and fevers and spent quite a bit of time in the hospital. In 2010, I had surgery to fix this problem. I had a resection of my ureter with a bowel resection. My doctor used part of my bowel and rebuilt my ureter.
Since that time, my cancer has spread into my lungs and my upper spine, and I was having difficulty breathing since my lungs began to collect fluid. I had to sleep downstairs in a hospital bed and use oxygen and use a wheelchair for long distances. I had bilateral catheters put into my lungs in order to drain them at home on an as needed basis.
This has given me some freedom back. At the present time, I am receiving chemotherapy and monthly injections to help with the disease in the spinal column. Thanks to the good Lord and my wonderful doctor, I continue enjoying life and travel when I can. I have learned that cancer is a chronic disease and becomes a lifestyle. It is up to the indvidual how we choose to live it.