Bethany Buck, PA

My name is Bethany, and up until a few months ago, I thought I would lead an average life of a young adult with no cares and a naive look on life. I am 21 years old and a Senior in College. As a Social Work major, I’ve always had a passion for helping people but I never really knew what I wanted to do with my career, but a shocking discovery of cancer has changed my life and given me that extra motivation to help others in the same situation. On October 15, 2012 I went to a Doctors Appointment because I had frequent urination and was tired of having to deal with it. I was expecting my Doctor to tell me everything was normal and to just go home. But instead she sent me to the Hospital for ultrasound after finding I had an abnormally hard tummy. There I was then I was referred to the Gynocologist who gave me the devastating news that there was a large mass in my ovaries. He wasn’t sure exactly what was going on and I was referred to a Gyno-oncologist who was just as puzzled. My surgery was scheduled of October 29, 2012 and I went back to school for a few days to make the necessary preparations. During my surgery, 2 malignant tumors were found in each of my ovaries, and my parents had to make the devastating decision to remove both of my ovaries, leaving me infertile. In the end though, my health is the most important and I was happy to recieve the biopsy news that my cancer was non-invasive and that I did not have to have any further treatment. After only 3 weeks of recovery, I returned to college to finish out the semester. I never thought that I would be an Ovarian Cancer survivor, especially at such a young age, and though I wish it didn’t happen to me, I am now going to dedicate my life to helping other women who are infertile and wish to still have a family. I am thankful to so many people like my 22 year boyfriend who has stood by my side and loves me even more because of this, I am thankful for my wonderful parents, family, and friends who have shown me nothing but love and admiration over these past few weeks. I want all women to be more aware of Ovarian Cancer, whether they are 12 or 92 and I never want a woman to experience the same things I have at such a young life. Here’s to many more years of life, faith, happiness, love, and being cancer-free!