At just the age of 16 i got the worst news i think a teenager could get, that i had stage 2 ovarian cancer. At 15, i had my first child that was a wonder and the love of my world on january 5th, 2011. I never imagined what the future would hold for me. It had come july when i thought i was pregnant again and my stomach started swelling and i had every pregnancy symptom there was for a month. One morning i woke up and my stomach was that of a 7month pregnant woman. My panic had begun to set in. I went to my gynecologist and they did an ultrasound on my stomach and they said it was a large mass surrounding my left ovary. I asked what that meant. Without anyone there with me i was told i had cancer. I was breathless. I went to an oncologist and from the day i saw him on august 11 till my surgery on august 14 my tumor had grown from a football size to a basketball size in just 3 days. I had a malignant dysgerminomia sex cell tumor growing and engulfing my left ovary. I went in to have surgery and had my stomach cut open from my bellybutton to below my pubic line. The tumor was removed and i began my recovery. Just 4 months later in december my cancer had returned with 8 metastatic tumors that werent removable. I had to undergo chemotherapy from february 6th till may 19th of 2012 from 830 am to 430 pm everyday except sat and sun. I had etopicide cysplatin and bleomycin which made my hair completely fall out. Not soon after that i was told i could never have children again. I met the love of my life on june 14 2012 and he accepted mefor who i am and gave me all the love and support in the world. On september 28 2012 i became pregnant again with a little girl . My miracle baby. I gave birth to her at 35 weeks with her weighing 3lbs 2.4 oz. We thought my cancer had gone completely until recently my ldh levels increased yet again and the battle still goes on.
Alexis Wright, Roanoke,VA
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