Carmen’s Story

We regret to announce that Carmen Diaz passed away on Saturday, January 10, after an 11-year struggle with ovarian cancer. We miss her terribly.

Debbie: Ovarian Cancer and BRCA1+

My history with ovarian cancer began three years before my diagnosis, when my younger sister was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer at the age of 46 in August 2003. I was in the waiting room when her surgeon came out, and the first thing she said to me was that I should have my ovaries removed.

Annie’s Update: May 2010

Remission #3 continues at almost 2 1/2 years! (More than twice as long as first remission) Woohoo! Was it the latest surgery, the chemo assay that helped us select the latest chemotherapy, the latest treatment itself or the vaccine clinical trial? Or maybe it was a little bit of everything? No one really knows for sure.

Grace: Why I Volunteer On Share’s Hotline

I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1993 and it was a great shock to me. I came to SHARE even before I had my surgery because I needed to talk to someone. Then around 2001, I got back in touch with SHARE to volunteer, and I've been working on the Helpline ever since.

Shirley: What I Get From Share

When I came to SHARE, I was warmly welcomed by the people here, and I more or less felt at home right away. So I have been volunteering for SHARE for about two years now.

Coming to SHARE really does something to my mental status that gives me a lift.

Cheryl: Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer

Below, ovarian cancer survivor Cheryl recounts how she was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer.
"My name is Cheryl and I am one of the few women that are diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. The cancer was found as a result of a follow-up CT scan I had for kidney stones.

Linda: Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer

Hello! I was diagnosed with clear cell ovarian cancer on March 31, 1993 at the age of 45.

My story actually begins about 3 months prior to my diagnosis. I had my regular appointment with my gynecologist for my yearly physical exam. I had no physical complaints and I was feeling well.

Judith: Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer

In September of 1999, while exercising, I had acid reflux every time I bent at the waist. When this continued for around three weeks, I made an appointment with my gynecologist. Years before, I had a hysterectomy for fibroids, but asked that my ovaries be left in if they were healthy so I could have a normal menopause. They were healthy.

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