Tabitha Zaun's story

Tabitha Zaun

This May is my 14 years survivor day. It’s like a birthday and I celebrate it all month long!
I was 20 when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I had a year of constipation and the doctors told me to take fiber. When I was starting to look pregnant I went to the GYN who felt a mass. He thought it was just a cyst but a week later when they operated, my cyst was the size of a basketball and my immature teratoma pathology results showed 10% germ cell cancer.

I had more surgeries to remove my ovary and staging. Since the tumor ruptured inside my abdomen while being removed, I was staged higher.

I had chemo. Life was hard for me at that time as I was in nursing school and very sick and weak from the chemo.

Fourteen years later I am a hospice nurse and a mom of two boys, 9 and 7. I still have yearly GYN exams and at 30 years old I had my 1st mammogram. I do not want to take the risk of waiting again.

The family practice doctors told me nothing was wrong. I knew my body, I knew something was wrong and went to another doctor, he saved my life! I tell him every year THANK YOU!

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