We recently learned that less than 10,000 people have died in the United States from Covid-19 only. The virus might have played a part in the other deaths they currently include in the total, but they don’t actually know that right now.
Know what they do know? They know that every year at least 20,000 women will be diagonosed with ovarian cancer, and 14,000 of them will die from it. This year.
That’s an awful lot of women, and it’s like that every year.
I started to feel sick in early 2009, but it took more than two years to find out what was happening to my health. There were many visits to many doctors, until my endocrinologist finally noticed something amok with one of my hormone levels. And, she said something curious: “We’re having a hard time locating your right ovary.”
I went home and searched the internet for the hormone she’d mentioned—I had never heard of it, and had no idea that I should be concerned. Then my search came back with one answer: ovarian cancer. I clicked a link, and found a long list of symptoms. I fully expected I would read down that list and be completely reassured that I did not have cancer. Instead, I could recognize almost every one. In fact, I almost felt relieved to have all of those symptoms point somewhere.
Nine years ago next month, a basketball-sized tumor was removed from my body. I did indeed have cancer, but I do not have cancer today. I praise God for that, and I urge you to become familiar with the symptoms of this awful disease. I know it’s scary to think about it, but it’s better to discover a problem sooner than later—especially a problem called cancer.
DON’T IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS
There is no diagnostic test for ovarian cancer, and because the symptoms are so varried, it’s often not discovered until Stage 3. That is why this disease is so deadly: they find it too late!
While any woman can have any of these symptoms and not have ovarian cancer, if the symptoms persist for more than two weeks, please make an appointment with your OB/GYN.
- Pressure or pain in the abdomen or pelvis (I remember telling one doctor that I thought I needed to do a juice fast or detox, because I felt so bloated.)
- Difficulty eating; feeling full quickly
(By the time dinner was ready, I’d lost my appetite. If I did eat, I could only manage a few bites.)
- Urinary concerns, such as urgency, frequency, or difficulty emptying your bladder (Had pointless, invasive, and completely unnecessary tests.)
- Change in bowel habits; constipation and/or diarrhea (Yup.)
- Unexplained, unusual, excessive vaginal bleeding (You don’t want to know.)
- Weight loss (Yes. That’s what scary.)
- Weight gain
- Nausea (I ate a lot of watermelon that summer. It was almost all I could stand.)
- Shortness of breath (This was awful. I could hardly do anything, without needing to rest.)
- Vomiting (Yes. Almost daily.)
- Tiredness, low energy (Oh, yeah.)
- Painful menstrual cycle
- Painful intercourse
- Abdominal swelling (I looked nine-months pregnant.)
- Dull ache in thighs or lower back
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