2.5 years ago my life changed dramatically when I learned that I had ovarian cancer. I actually didn’t learn about the cancer until after the surgery. The doctors weren’t sure I had it. My CA125 was normal. The first gyn oncologist I went to told me I was a woman prone to cysts and would just have to learn to live with pain. A year later my cysts had doubled in size. I was fortunate to have doctors who never stopped pushing to find out what was wrong with me. Ovarian Cancer was certainly not the diagnosis I was hoping for, but I’m grateful they caught it when they did. I had a full hysterectomy, an appendectomy and he removed 34 lymph nodes. I didn’t have to have any chemo or radiation. I have met some incredible people through this process and I have used my big mouth to spread awareness every chance I get. I have been involved in Survivors Teaching Students at Marshall University in Huntington, WV as well as speaking at Ladies Night at our campus Wellness Center. It’s absolutely true what they say – you never know how strong you can be until strong is the only choice you have.
Roxanne Bright, Weston, WV
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