True to his word...Dr Phan came through for us. I have an appointment tomorrow morning with a surgeon. Now thats a lot faster than I thought. And Im glad as yesterday was a bad day. I felt nauseous and tired..and when I moved around.. extremely dizzy. The pain didnt ease all day so I slept a lot. I feel the same today. I just feel worn out. But at least the ball is rolling
I must admit...although much is written about Breast Cancer..even cervical cancer...I dont know much about ovarian cancer so I have been doing a lot of reading...and have been surprised. Like...did you know...that a pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer. In fact in many cases it is not diagnosed until a fairly late stage, often after it has spread to other parts of the body...which is why its called 'The Silent Killer'. Thats not to say that its always a death sentence. If caught at stage 1, when the cancer hasn't spread outside the ovaries, long-term survival rates are over 90%. And there are signs to look for...
- Persistent stomach or pelvic pain
- Persistent bloating or increased stomach size (not the kind that comes on after a big meal and settles within a couple of hours)
- Feeling full quickly after eating, or having problems eating
- Needing to pass water more often
I only had two..
I hope more women can be made aware of this terrible disease and its symptoms. Its taken this to happen for me to actually try to educate myself and understand it. And the more I understand...the more confident I am that I can beat it
Love and Hugs