Ovarian cancer survivor Carolyn shares her experience coping with ovarian cancer.
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My name is Carolyn Washington. I’m a survivor for 24 years of ovarian cancer. In 1983 I was just senior in high school and I noticed that I was having like a lot of abdominal pains on my side and I was afraid to go to the doctor because I just didn’t want to go. I was afraid and so my mom like we going to find out what’s going on with you and when we went to the doctor. A student doctor examined me and then he felt something like a mass and then he got other doctors to examine me and I was like maybe five or six doctors does examine me and they found out there was huge mass and that I needed to get in the hot surgery as soon as possible. So I waited like it was almost graduation time from high school and I was like — I just feel like mess up my graduation but I said what I need to do because my health is more important so my mom would like we went in and I had a surgery and found out that it can’t it was malignant so they removed my right ovary because they had already damaged my right ovary and so after I was then in recovery and I came back and they wanted the doctors wanted to remove my left ovary, my mom said no we just going to wait and see what the outcome is going to be. So we waited and they said everything was so fine as they kept on doing the examination and those stuff and to follow up visit so I had to take chemo therapy for a year and I have to go every month. I will have to go to the doctor and have some blood work done and so they get to see how my status was at that time so I kept doing that and it came into that and after I was pregnant with my son which is he’s 15 now they said I’m on oncology that I was in remission for cancer and now I have a daughter and I had two children with one ovary so that’s a blessing from God. So have my mom admitted and after these days and to my ovaries remove, then I would have any children, so I think it’s a true blessing now. I’ll still be here alive and well with my two children.