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On June 10th, 2019, I underwent a total hysterectomy because I had been feeling what turned out to be a very large cyst on my left ovary. During the surgery, the doctor also discovered Ovarian Cancer. It was determined during surgery that the cancer was located on both ovaries, with a small lesion on my intestine, and had also begun to adhere to my pelvic wall on the left side. The full pathology revealed that it is Stage IIb....which is a good thing! Stage II means that it was contained to my pelvic region and had not spread to my abdomen or my lymph nodes (both of which were tested). The b part of the staging is indicative of it spreading in the pelvic region with the lesion on my intestine. We are so thankful to God that he gave me this cyst which got me into the doctor early enough to find the cancer still in stage II. I have the most common form of Ovarian Cancer but the good news is that I'm in the 10% that is stage II or lower. Most people who have this are diagnosed at Stage III or IV. Also, this form has a high recurrence rate, secondary to the large percentage of people who are diagnosed initially at Stage III or IV. I have done remarkably well with healing from the surgery and the doctor feels that he got it all. However, the next steps of treatment do include chemotherapy. I will undergo 6 rounds of chemo, once every three weeks. The doctor is optimistic that I will do well and we will defeat this giant.
I believe fully that our lives are to be lived out for the glory of God and it is my prayer that He will use me for His good in this journey. My "theme" verses have become James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." It is my prayer that I would be joyful in this trial, keeping my eyes on Him and trusting that His plan for my life is perfect.
I am honored and blessed that you have found your way here to my site and have chosen to follow along with us in the journey. I will do my best to keep you all updated on how I am doing throughout the chemo process and we would truly covet your prayers to our amazing Heavenly Father who has me in His hands and is not surprised by this trial.