Paula describes if sharing her ovarian cancer story with the EmpowHer community has helped in her healing process.
Definitely–it helps, I don’t care what your problem is, it helps sometimes, I mean, some people can’t, but it helps to talk about it. Now there was a time when I couldn’t talk about it, but it helps to talk about it if it’s going to save somebody from having stage 3 ovarian cancer. And that’s my whole goal right now is to get the word out that this exists and that there are symptoms, and you can have tests done to see if you have it, and if you don’t, that’s wonderful, and I don’t care that the doctors say too many false positives, too many biopsies. That’s nonsense, as far as I am concerned. Do an ultrasound.
If it doesn’t show, I mean, I had a CAT scan four months before I was diagnosed that was clear--supposedly. Four months later, they are telling me, “Well, you just had a scan and everything was clear, you know, four months ago.” Well, thank you very much. Now, one of the doctors listened to me and ordered another scan, and here I am with stage 3C ovarian cancer four months later.
Now, could it have been picked up sooner? Maybe. Maybe I would have been stage 1 or 2 where I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you now because I’d be free, I’d be fine.
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