Ingrid Pullen, Fullerton, CA
I had a total hysterectomy in 1996. So when I started to have horrible lower right abdominal pain, I had no idea what it could be. The pain was so intense, I would start throwing up and end up in the hospital for days. Each time tests would be done and everything was fine… except the ultrasounds. I was asked if I still had ovaries because a small mass was found, but I should not worry. This went on for 6 years. May 2009, my husband and I went on vacation to Lake Tahoe with our therapy dog, Daisy. The second day there, I started feeling nauseous. Started throwing up and ended up at Barton Memorial Hospital for the entire vacation. (the photo is of me with Daisy at Barton) Thanks goodness Daisy was with me. My husband was able to visit me with her, then go sightseeing. When we got home, another attack with a stay at step down intensive care, exploratory surgery was done…. ovarian cancer. On August 8, 2009, the ALIEN was removed. I was extremely lucky that my cancer was encapsulated. I hemorrhaged after my hysterectomy and some ovarian tissue must have been left behind. After chemo and radiation, and I cancer free. I am very involved with Relay For Life because more research is needed for better treatment. Due to my radiation treatments, I have digestive issues and lost my job due to it. But I know how lucky I am!