Tasha’s StoryInitially the only sign and symptom I was exhibiting was going to the bathroom more frequently. I felt like something was pushing on my bladder and making me go to the bathroom several times a day. I had no other signs or symptoms.
I had my annual OBGYN examine in late May 2013 and my doctor sent me for an ultrasound the following week. I meet with the oncologist in early June 2013. My ultrasound revealed a large mass the size of a cantaloupe. I had surgery on July 1, 2013 and the mass was removed along with my left tube and ovary. I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer on July 2, 2013 the day after my surgery. I was surround by my husband and parents we I received the news. I was in total shock and broke down emotionally. I was 39 years old when I was diagnosed with stage IIB ovarian cancer.
I went through six rounds of chemo treatment. I lost all my hair and was devastated. That was one of the major side effects of the chemo. I would have chemo on a Monday and go to work on the next day and feel great. I had a delayed reaction to the chemo and the next three days would I would nausea and in bed. The following week I would be back to work. I continued to work a full-time job during my treatment. My last chemo treatment was on November 25, 2013.
I had my second surgery on February 4, 2014 to remove my right tube and ovary. My doctor and I agreed it would be the best to remove for higher survival chance. I did choose to leave my uterus. After surgery, my CA125 and CAT scans were normal. There were no signs or traces of cancer. I have bloodwork and CAT scans every other month. My doctors and nurses were very supportive and understanding through the entire process.
I am grateful to God and my family for a being a great support system for me. With all their prayers and support, I made it and I am a survivor! I have faith and know that God has healed my body. I have changed my eating habits by eating healthy, organic, and exercising. I am a survivor!