Ashley Persico Clearfield, UT

On August 17, 2011 I had a laparoscopy to figure out why I was having pain for three years. When I woke they told me that I had ovarian cancer stage 1c. They took out my left ovary and 60% of my right. Luckily my cancer was borderline but that doesn’t mean it cannot come back. I am only 19 years old but even though it makes me want to put my life on hold, I know that isn’t the right thing to do. I am going to fight this battle until it kills me.

I hope I can influence other girls to go to the doctor when they know something is wrong. I didn’t want to go to the doctor because I knew something was wrong, I just didn’t want to face it. But I’m actually happy I know now because it could have taken my life if I didn’t. So I encourage everyone to go to the doctor if you know something isn’t feeling right.