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Ova Achiever – Amy's story

June 1, 2013, I was driving home from my sister’s baby shower and was in a car accident that totaled my car. I was lucky to walk away unharmed, with the exception of a few bumps and bruises from the airbags, however a few days a later I was experiencing pain in my lower abdomen which I ignored for a day or two thinking it was just muscle aches from the car accident. Until it was so painful that I asked my husband to drive me to the ER.

It was the most painful, radiating pain I had ever experienced. ER docs sent me to get a CT scan and said “everything appeared okay, however you should follow up with your OB/GYN because it looks like fibroids.”
Fast forward to an eternity of gynecological appointments and MRIs to find out that I had a baseball sized tumor resting on my uterus and “potential cancerous growths” on my left ovary. Per my doctor, it was too risky to biopsy so surgery was the only option.
July 18, 2013 – surgery day. I was told they won’t know status “until we’re in there” I though to myself, What?! I wanted to know if it’s cancer, what stage, if I’ll have a total hysterectomy, or just remove the tumors etc. I don’t recall much after the surgery, I ended up having the baseball tumor removed and left salpingo-oophorectomy (fancy for removed left ovary and tube) along with my appendix and some large cysts from the right ovary. Oh and they accidentally punctured my bladder that was fun, 29yo with a foley bag. Final dx Stage1 ovarian cancer. No s/s leading up to any of this. I’m so thankful that it was found early, and that car crashed into mine. 6yrs later still going strong!

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