The diagnosis

My journey through ovarian cancer

Who would have ever thought I’d have something in common with Lance Armstrong?  Well, now I have 2 things in common with the former hero of cycling…granulosa cell tumor and a very knowledgeable oncologist.  I chose to blog about my experience because most of the information out there is about men fighting testicular cancer, but in VERY rare cases (like mine), the same cancer cells show up as ovarian cancer.  I did not have any symptoms that I recognized as ovarian cancer.  My primary doctor found some irregularities in my hormones while looking for menopause.  That led to a sonogram, then a pelvic MRI, then the  mass on my right ovary was identified as possible cancer.  I saw my gynecology oncologist and 10 days later I had a total hysterectomy and the dreaded cancer diagnosis was confirmed.  Officially, I have (or HAD because it was all removed) stage 1C granulosa cell cancer.  It had not spread to any other area inside or outside of my pelvic wall.  I am very fortunate to be diagnosed in a time when we know how to effectively treat my type of cancer.  My oncologist who will be managing my chemotherapy was part of the team that treated Lance Armstrong at MD Anderson and worked alongside the doctor who pioneered the current treatment protocol for my type of cancer.  I will start BEP chemotherapy on March 27th.  I will be given 3 21-day cycles and will have all the typical side effects of chemo.  I will be tired, sick and bald.  I consider it a necessary step because here’s the GOOD news…after treatment, my survival rate is 95% and the chance of reoccurrence is less than 10%!!!!  I am also praying that the chemo has a positive influence on my psoriatic arthritis.  Studies show that sometimes chemo can cause PsA to be put into remission.  So, in the words of my doctor “we are in good shape for the shape we are in.”

I will be blogging through my journey to update friends and family of my progress and to create a resource for other women going through a similar journey.  Thanks for joining me on this unexpected and unwanted, but somehow necessary journey.

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