Ovarian Cancer Stories

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This page is our collection of real ovarian cancer stories. If you have been recently diagnosed, or are trying to understand the experience of a loved one with ovarian cancer, you may find it helpful to read about the real-life ovarian cancer experiences of others to find hope and tips on the best way to move forward.

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Maymay’s Story: Self-care tips

In March 2017, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and my life inevitably changed from that point onwards. Looking back, I can almost draw a ...

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Randalynn: Ovarian Cancer Treatment is Over

At 36 years old, a part-time single mom of two young children, the last thing Randalynn saw coming was a cancer diagnosis, let alone one with “ovarian” ...

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Serena: Moments with My Mother Marguerite

I still remember the conversation I had with my mother Marguerite in January 2009 as if it was yesterday. At that time I lived in Dallas, Texas and my ...

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Rosemary: Trusting Her Intuition

My hope in sharing my story is to encourage women to trust their intuition and act on it when something doesn’t seem right with their body--even when ...

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Barbara: Breast And Ovarian Cancer Survivor

I always knew that someday I would hear the words "you have cancer." My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 in 1973, and was treated by ...

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Annie: How I Manage Ovarian Cancer

On the morning of my birthday in December 2003, I looked into the mirror and thought to myself, "Damn, forty looks good on me!" Six months later I was ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Cheryl: 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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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Gennie: Stage III Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Who is a cancer survivor? A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis, the very first time you hear the word ...

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