In September 2008, I gave a talk about ovarian cancer to the nursing students at Seton Hall University. I had such a nice time sharing my story as a Stage III Ovarian Cancer survivor. I also shared information about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, the risks for the disease and the disease's survival statistics with those future nurses. As I told my story I remember telling the group that the 5 year relative survival rate for ovarian cancer that has spread to distant organs was about 30%. I was at 3 years out from my initial diagnosis so I told the group that I hoped to be in that 30%. At the time I gave the talk, I didn't know that I had recurred and had disease on my liver and spleen. I would learned that a few weeks later after having a CT scan. As many of you know I had surgery in November of 2008 and started chemotherapy in 2009. At the time I wasn't sure that I would make that initial 5 year mark.
On April 22, 2009, I had my last chemotherapy treatment. I hit 5 years from my initial diagnosis in 2010 but I had recurred. So I restarted that 5 year clock on the day I had my last chemotherapy.
Tick, Tock... 2012
Tick, Tock... 2013
Tick, tock... April 22, 2014 Five years!!
Feeling extremely blessed today and every day.
Every Day is a Blessing !