Survivor’s Guilt is a tough topic. It’s hard for me to describe and explain as not all survivors experience this. For me, this started as an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach as I started meeting other survivors who were diagnosed at Stage 3 or 4 and those who were in recurrence.
After a total hysterectomy to remove the cancerous mass from my ovary, I followed my gynecologic oncologist’s instructions faithfully. I saw him every six months for an exam and blood tests. Everything was going well, and after five years, I begged him to do a CT scan, as a little anniversary present to myself.
Being a carepartner is difficult—mentally and emotionally. It’s especially true when being a carepartner of someone living with ovarian cancer. There is a lot of support online and locally for the women affected by ovarian cancer. However, there’s usually not a lot for the men who are taking care of them.
Getting your regular check-ups is so unconventional. Would you agree with that statement? We all know we’re supposed to get a physical every year. We know we should see the dentist every six months. But how many of us actually do that?
As I went into remission, I was changed both mentally and physically. On March 4, 2014, I entered into what survivors call the “new normal.” For me, this meant thinking about my future and how to be proactive with my healthcare.