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My cancer story started back in February when I noticed my abdomen was bulging a bit but I assumed it was just constipation. By June, that bulge grew from a pea size to the size of a grapefruit. I visited my doctor and then oncologist who assured me it was likely just a benign tumor on my left ovary that could easily be removed with little concern that it was cancerous. During surgery, on July 16th, the oncologist removed a 12cm sized tumor on my left ovary. It was at this time he discovered cancer on my left ovary and ended up giving me a full hysterectomy removing both ovaries and 15 lymph nodes. My organs and lymph nodes were sent to pathology to assess if the cancer had spread and determine the stage of cancer. This is where my waiting game began. I didn’t realize how significant the pathology results would be and was still in complete disbelief as to what was happening. On July 22nd, surrounded by family and a few friends, I learned that the cancer had not spread into my lymph nodes and that I had stage 1C ovarian cancer requiring six rounds of chemo therapy. Since then, I’ve been preparing myself for the fight and have completely changed my diet. No sugar, no processed foods, natural supplements, lots of water, etc. On August 1st I started seeing a naturopathic doctor who has helped other friends of ours who have had cancer. I’ve started doing recommended therapies that will help build my immune system to fight the cancer including vitamin C IVs, Ozone Oxygenated IVs and an arsenal of other things. I believe that my best chance to fight cancer is to administer conventional western medicine along with a more naturopathic approach. Ultimately I didn't want to do chemo but I know it is necessary. The days leading up to chemo were difficult emotionally just knowing how hard it is going to be on my body and on August 15th, I received my first chemotherapy treatment. Going into chemo I was calm, yet nervous. Not knowing how my body would react was scary but thankfully I didn’t have any negative reactions to the chemo during infusion. From here on out I will share the rest of my story but my ultimate goal is to win this battle. I will strive to build my immune system in between treatments so I can stay on track and hopefully be done with all of this by December/January and move on with my life and life another 50+ years.