Shortly after having my son I came down with a long list of symptoms that sent me from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong, but no one had any answers. Eventually I became so frustrated that I quit going to doctors because I had spent so much money on tests and appointments, and I still had no answers. I lost my job, my house, and some days was barely able to take care of my son. Finally, I ended up in the ER being told the news no one wants to hear, it was bad. Very bad. I had surgery two days later, they removed my ovary, uterus, cervix, ascending colon, omentum, and appendix, along with tumors from my liver, diaphragm, kidneys, and all throughout my abdomen. I almost died on the table. The emergency team was called in to put me back together and I had to have a blood transfusion.
When I woke up I was told by my oncologist that the lab staged it 3c ovarian cancer, but he staged it a 4. I would need 4 1/2 months of aggressive chemotherapy, and even then I did not have a very good chance of living to see my one year old son’s fifth birthday. I weighed 86 pounds after surgery, I had a cut from my sternum to pubic bone that was 60 staples long, and I had a very strong feeling that my body would not make it through chemotherapy. I left the hospital feeling hopeless and defeated. Cancer? Me? Chemo? It felt like a bad dream.
One day as I sat watching my son play I started crying. I cried because the thought of not being there to see him playing, smiling, and growing, just ripped my heart in two. That is the day a little voice in the back of my head spoke up and said “don’t do chemo, there’s another way.” I started listening to that voice. I started researching a lot and I went in to my oncologists office and asked for 6 weeks to try alternatives. He agreed that it would not make sense to do chemo being so frail, so he agreed to the 6 weeks. After that time had passed I had a blood test done to see where my tumor marker was (CA-125) and it had gone down almost 100 points! So he agreed to 4 more weeks, and then 4 more, and now it has been almost 7 months and I am still making progress. I have to be on it 24/7 with my diet, exercise, supplement routine etc. I cannot slack at all, but I am grateful to be alive, I have gained 12 pounds, Exercise 4 days a week, and I honestly feel better than I have in a long time!
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