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Jan 3, 2018
I went to the hospital because my abdomen was more bloated than usual. I has been constipated for a few weeks but only decided to get checked out once the bloating began. Who goes to emerge when they're backed up? I was prescribed lactulose to help get things moving and they sent me for an ultrasound to see what might be causing my issues. That was on a Saturday.
I had the ultrasound on Monday, followed by an MRI on Wednesday. They found a pelvic mass during the US and weren't able to accurately determine what it was. The MRI showed a complex cystic mass that measured 21 x 12 x 23 cm. I look like I am 6 months pregnant. They thought it could be ovarian cancer, and took blood for a CA125 test. I met with the local gyno on Thursday. The results had yet to come back, so we all we knew was that it was 50/50 cancer.
This all happened over the holidays. We went through Christmas not knowing, and then almost another week. I got the call the following Friday saying the CA125 was elevated, and I would be referred to oncology, and would also need a CT scan to ensure there were no additional bump or lumps, or any enlarged lymph nodes. Since the mass was found in my pelvis, that is what was screened during the MRI. So now we wait.
Ovarian cancer is typically diagnosed in women over 50 who have never been pregnant. I am a 37 year old who has had 3 kids. I am confused and shocked. The reality has not yet set in and I don't think it will until I sit down with oncology and have give me a better idea of what is happening.
This page is where I will post medical updates to avoid having the same conversation with people. And I will also use this space as a blog to talk about what is going on in my brain.