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Am I a Surivivor Yet??

By anitarj September 10, 2011 - 10:01am

I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in April 2008 and had surgery to remove it. The Dr. said he got 98% of all he could find. After healing for a few weeks I went into chemotherapy. I finished my treatment course and started my maintenance visits, after 6 months of living like I was cancer free it was back, April 2009 and I have been on chemotherapy every sense.
Am I considered a survivor even though I am still on treatment?? or should I look somewhere else for a support group?

By Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide Leader September 10, 2011 - 11:11am

anitarj - Yes, you are a survivor - you are alive and living with the impact of cancer. i would suggest you find a support group (or several) specializing in ovarian cancer so you can get support from others who've been in your same situation and so you can stay on top of the latest developments in ovarian cancer treatment and recovery. If you are in the U.S., the organizations I would look to are the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at http://www.ovariancancer.org/ and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at http://www.ovarian.org/ I'd also be looking for organizations focused on wellness as part of cancer survivorship, such as http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/ and others that may be locally based in your community. Good luck to you! Pat

September 10, 2011 - 11:11am