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Stories that Inspire - Stories about living with gynecologic cancer.
|Time to Shine a Light. It’s time to shine a light on a dark secret I have kept from everyone including my family. I have kept my secret for many reasons: 1. I am not a fan of pity; I do not want anyone to pity me at all. 2. Fear. 3. I did not want the secret to be the highlight of every conversation, and didn’t want to be asked a lot of questions, partly due to not having all the information and answers I needed. Read more.|
|What Color is My Cancer. Most cancers have their unique names and a ribbon color assigned to them, but I understand that my cancer was rare and has not been given its own color. Since teal is associated with ovarian and cervical cancers and I was diagnosed with vaginal cancer, I “adopted” the color of teal. Read more.|
|C-ing it Through. I make my living with words. As a journalist and writer, I believe words have a density we don’t yet know how to measure. Most of us get this at some level. Retail has it down to a science. I mean, would you rather buy a nightgown or an “irresistibly romantic sweep of sheer ivory tulle”? The point is words have weight. And among the heaviest is cancer. In February, 2012, that word was fired at me like a bullet when my gynecologist flatly said, “You have cancer.” Read more.|
|My mission is to give hope. My mission is to give hope. I was diagnosed Stage IIIc epithelial serous ovarian cancer in May 1987 when I was 41 years old. Our boys were 9 and 14. They are now 35 and 41. I was 68 on July 4th. I had two big surgeries and 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy, including a year of treatment for a recurrence in 1993. Everything I went through was worth it because I am well. Read more.|
|Pay It Forward. I made a pact with God (and I’m not even religious). If I were to somehow survive this cancer, I would pay it forward. I would take time to help others, mentor, speak, fundraise and do whatever I could to give other women with cancer hope. The same hope that I so desperately wanted, but didn’t seem to have. So here I am, sharing my story with you. Read more.|
|How I got my nickname, Lucky. My name is Andrea Annese Como and this is my experience as an ovarian cancer survivor. Here’s a little background: I spent a long time taking infertility drugs and was never able to conceive a child. I would soon learn that this increases the risks of ovarian cancer. In July of 2006, I was turning 40 and decided to challenge myself. Exercise and healthy eating had always been an important part of my life and so I decided to begin sprint training. Soon after, I started to notice a few symptoms that were unusual for me. This is when the first whispers began. Frequent urination when exercising… fatigue…spotting between periods… mild pain on my left side…. Read more.|
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