“After reviewing the images from your CT scan, I’m confident that what I’m looking at is ovarian cancer. We’ll get you scheduled for surgery ASAP. If it’s cancer, I recommend a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
The road to my diagnosis had a lot of twists and turns, starts and stops. There were dead ends and misleading road signs. There were times when I just wanted to give up, turn my car around, and go home. Fortunately, I didn’t.
The first time I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I was in denial. I went through the motions: surgery, chemo, and follow-ups. After going into remission, I moved on and chose to put cancer out of my mind. Not the best course of action, I know.
They say hindsight is 20/20. When I look back over my journey through ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, things that didn’t make sense at the time were indicators of what was to come. Of course, I couldn’t have known then what I know now.
When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I felt like I needed to ask questions, but I had no idea what questions I should actually ask my doctor. I mean, you don’t know what you don’t know, right? Not knowing anyone around me with ovarian cancer, I did exactly what my doctor told me NOT to do: I went on the internet.