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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Ovarian Cancer Feels Like This

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Prometheus depicted in a sculpture by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam, 1762 (Louvre)
Prometheus (GreekΠρομηθεύς) is a Titanculture hero, and trickster figure who in Greek mythology is credited with thecreation of man from clay and the theft of fire for human use, an act that enabled progress and civilization. He is known for his intelligence, and as a champion of mankind.[1]
The punishment of Prometheus as a consequence of the theft is a major theme of his mythology, and is a popular subject of both ancient and modern art. Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, sentenced the Titan to eternal torment for his transgression. The immortal Prometheus was bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. In some stories, Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules).

I post this image because this is what it feels like to have Ovarian Cancer. 
The irony is that Ovarian Cancer is also a trickster.  Our ovaries are necessary for life, without them, mankind would not be able to duplicate. We cannot feel our little gems.  They are protected.   As ovarian cancer grows, everything around the ovary is displaced, and that displacement is what causes our symptoms. Tricky little (expletive), isn't it!
Ask any woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she will probably tell you that she had strange abdominal pain.  She may say that she had a poor appetite.  She may say that her doctor gave her antacids and to keep an eye on it, maybe it is IBS.  And then out of nowhere she has to go to the ER because the pain is so bad, she feels like she is going to die, and they do a CT scan.  The doctor says she needs surgery and results show ovarian cancer.  
Our surgery is radical, the chemo ravages through our bodies to kill the cancer, leaving behind permanent damage.  Often our abdomen becomes a permanent stomping ground for never ending pain and suffering.
Maybe find the time to go to and learn about it.  This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and our color is Teal.  
I hope every woman learns more about it just so that they have a better say so in how their doctor listens to her concerns if sadly she has unexplained problems, and her inner voice says that something is wrong.
I love you all,


  1. Denise,
    You are the voice of OC. I wanted to leave you a note to let you know I'm here.. and I'm listening... and I send you love...

  2. AnneMarie, How sweet. I am so appreciative of your support. Your honesty and sincerity in your blog, and I send you love back.

  3. That is what happened to me. I was 29. One week before my 30th birthday. Thank you for your willingness to share your story.

    -Melissa H.

  4. Dear Melissa,

    Such a young age to experience so much pain. I am so sorry, and just before your birthday. I pray you are well and staying healed. We are here for you in this community.

    Peace and hugs,


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