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I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer in August of 2012. Surgery and 16 chemos later, I was declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). I recurred in February of 2014. Another debulking surgery, radiation, and chemo have followed. I finished maintenance in 2015 and have been healthy for 6 years and counting. Here to help you navigate the ins and outs of self-advocating as a patient! Powerful help to those in need of guidance!


It is official. Ovarian Cancer has reared its ugly head once again. I have to give it credit for being persistent. I really thought we had kicked it to the curb the first time. Today was my first tattoo in my life. Pretty uneventful in the scheme of things. One nice thing about getting radiation at a military hospital is that they do have reserved parking for radiation patients. There are so many people being treated for various conditions, that I am slightly surprised they would have specific parking spots for radiation. Evidently, we rate. All of this follows on the heels of successful treatment that ended 14 months ago. The first go round, I worked every minute that I wasn’t getting chemo, but this time, daily radiation makes that look unlikely. I feel like a pro at chemo already, but radiation is uncharted water.