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.
Today they have many more chemotherapy drugs. They now have drugs that help cut off the blood supply to the tumor. They have much better drugs for side effects. They have perfected the CA125 test and CT scans so that they can show much smaller tumors. Women have a better quality of life while going through treatment.
You just have to take it a day at a time, counting down with each treatment. You need to keep busy to help take your mind off of what you are going through. I try to set a good example for others to follow.
- Helen Palmquist
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