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Let us all be vigilant about our health and pray for each other Wish I had the video of it now. Surrounded by towering cliffs, covered in dense indigenous forest with beautiful beaches stretching to the north and south, Port St Johns is a relaxed town with sub-tropical weather making it a year round Wild Coast destination. Look on the Association website for details www. They took 6 liters that time also. Bolivia eyes lithium in salt flats as moneymaker.
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Compared with Australia's four other major state capitals, Adelaide is growing at a much slower rate. In , it had a metropolitan population of more than 1,,,  making it Australia's fifth-largest city. Major areas of population growth in recent years have been in outer suburbs such as Mawson Lakes and Golden Grove. Adelaide's inhabitants occupy , houses, 57, semi-detached, row terrace or town houses and 49, flats, units or apartments.
About one sixth The number of Adelaideans with vocational qualifications such as tradespersons fell from Overseas-born Adelaideans composed The Italian consulate is located in the eastern suburb of Payneham. Chinese migrants favour settling in the eastern and north eastern suburbs including Kensington Gardens , Greenacres , Modbury and Golden Grove. Mawson Lakes has a large international student population, due to its proximity to the University of South Australia campus.
The five largest groups of overseas-born were from UK 7. The most-spoken languages other than English were Italian 2. Adelaide is ageing more rapidly than other Australian capital cities. More than a quarter Adelaide has the lowest number of children underyear-olds , who comprised Adelaide was founded on a vision of religious tolerance that attracted a wide variety of religious practitioners.
This led to it being known as The City of Churches. Over half of the population of Adelaide identifies as Christian, with the largest denominations being Catholic The Jewish community of the city dates back to Eight years later, 58 Jews lived in the city. Many took part in the city councils, such as Judah Moss Solomon —66 and others after him. Three Jews have been elected to the position of city mayor. The " Afghan " community in Australia first became established in the s when camels and their Pathan, Punjabi, Baluchi and Sindhi handlers began to be used to open up settlement in the continent's arid interior.
This is acknowledged by the name of The Ghan , the passenger train operating between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin. The Central Adelaide Mosque is regarded as Australia's oldest permanent mosque; an earlier mosque at Marree in northern South Australia, dating from —62 and subsequently abandoned or demolished, has now been rebuilt. South Australia's largest employment sectors are health care and social assistance,   surpassing manufacturing in SA as the largest employer since — The retail trade is the second largest employer in SA —10 , with 91, jobs, and 12 per cent of the state workforce.
Manufacturing, defence technology, high-tech electronic systems and research, commodity export and corresponding service industries all play a role in the SA economy. The collapse meant that successive governments enacted lean budgets, cutting spending, which was a setback to the further economic development of the city and state.
The global media conglomerate News Corporation was founded in, and until incorporated in, Adelaide and it is still considered its 'spiritual' home by Rupert Murdoch. Australia's largest oil company, Santos , prominent South Australian brewery, Coopers , and national retailer Harris Scarfe also call Adelaide their home. The median Adelaide house price is half that of Sydney and two-thirds that of Melbourne.
The three-month trend unemployment rate to March was 6. Over the decade March — March , Metropolitan Adelaide median house prices approximately tripled. Education forms an increasingly important part of the city's economy, with the South Australian Government and educational institutions attempting to position Adelaide as "Australia's education hub" and marketing it as a "Learning City.
At the level of primary and secondary education, there are two systems of school education. There is a public system operated by the South Australian Government and a private system of independent and Catholic schools.
There are three public universities local to Adelaide, as well as one private university and three constituent colleges of foreign universities. The University of Adelaide was ranked in the top universities worldwide. Flinders ranked in the top and Uni SA in the top Torrens University Australia is part of an international network of over 70 higher education institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide.
The University of Adelaide , with 25, students,  is Australia's third-oldest university and a member of the leading " Group of Eight ". It has five campuses throughout the state, including two in the city-centre, and a campus in Singapore.
The University of South Australia , with 37, students,  has two North Terrace campuses, three other campuses in the metropolitan area and campuses at Whyalla and Mount Gambier. The Flinders University of South Australia , with 25, domestic and international students,  is in the southern suburb of Bedford Park , alongside the Flinders Medical Centre , and maintains a small city campus in Victoria Square. The plaza on the Bedford Park campus was revamped in and officially re-opened in In addition to the universities, Adelaide is home to a number of research institutes, including the Royal Institution of Australia , established in as a counterpart to the two-hundred-year-old Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Flinders University buildings from the campus hills. While established as a British province, and very much English in terms of its culture, Adelaide attracted immigrants from other parts of Europe early on, including German and other European non-conformists escaping religious persecution. The first German Lutherans arrived in  bringing with them the vine cuttings that they used to found the acclaimed wineries of the Barossa Valley. Adelaide's arts scene flourished in the s and s with the support of successive premiers from both major political parties.
Adelaide is home to the Adelaide Christmas Pageant , the world's largest Christmas parade. The Art Gallery of South Australia , with around 35, works, holds Australia's second largest state-based collection. Adelaide Festival Centre , on the banks of the Torrens, is the focal point for much of the cultural activity in the city and home to the State Theatre Company of South Australia , with other venues including the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and the city's many smaller theatres, pubs and cabaret bars.
The music of Adelaide has produced musical groups and individuals who have achieved national and international fame. Noted rocker Jimmy Barnes spent most of his youth in the northern suburb of Elizabeth. Paul Kelly grew up in Adelaide and was head prefect at Rostrevor College. Folds recorded a song about Adelaide before he moved away. Adelaide plays host to two of Australia's leading contemporary dance companies. Restless Dance Theatre is also based in Adelaide and is nationally recognised for working with disabled and non-disabled dancers to use movement as a means of expression.
Newspapers in Adelaide are dominated by News Corporation publications—Adelaide being the birthplace of News Corporation itself.
The same group publishes a Sunday paper, the Sunday Mail. There are eleven suburban community newspapers published weekly, known collectively as the Messenger Newspapers , also published by a subsidiary of News Corporation.
The Independent Weekly was a small independent newspaper providing an alternative view, but ceased publishing its print edition in November and now exists as a digital daily newsletter only. The Adelaide Review is a free paper published fortnightly, and other independent magazine-style papers are published, but are not as widely available.
Adelaide is served by numerous digital free-to-air television channels: All of the five Australian national television networks broadcast both high-definition digital and standard-definition television digital services in Adelaide. They share three transmission towers on the ridge near the summit of Mount Lofty. Two other transmission sites are located at Grenfell Street and Elizabeth Downs.
Adelaide also has a community television station, Channel The Foxtel pay TV service is available as cable television in a few areas, and as satellite television to the entire metropolitan area.
It is resold by a number of other brands, mostly telephone companies. As part of a nationwide phase-out of analogue television in Australia, Adelaide's analogue television service was shut down on 2 April There are 20 radio stations that serve the metropolitan area, as well as four community stations that serve only parts of the metropolitan area. Of the 20 full-coverage stations, there are six commercial stations, six community stations, six national stations and two narrowcast stations.
The recent commencement of digital audio broadcasting DAB has seen the introduction of an additional 23 radio stations, some of which are duplications of existing AM and FM stations. A complete list can be found at List of radio stations in Australia Adelaide. The main sports played professionally in Adelaide are Australian Rules football , association football soccer , cricket , netball , and basketball.
Adelaide is the home of two Australian Football League teams: Since , Adelaide Oval has also hosted an international cricket test every summer, along with a number of One Day International cricket matches.
Memorial Drive Park , adjacent to the Adelaide Oval, used to host Davis Cup and other major tennis events, including the Australian Open and until the Adelaide International now known as the Brisbane International. Adelaide's professional association football team, Adelaide United , play in the A-League. Founded in , their home ground is Hindmarsh Stadium , which has a capacity of 17, and is one of the few purpose-built soccer stadia in Australia.
The two sides, which contest the Adelaide derby against one another, now play in the National Premier Leagues South Australia. For two years, and , Adelaide was represented in Australia's top level rugby league , after the New South Wales Rugby League had played a single game per season at the Adelaide Oval for five years starting in Initially playing at the Adelaide Oval, the club moved to the more suitable Hindmarsh Stadium late in the season.
As part of a peace deal with the Australian Rugby League to end the Super League war , the club's owners News Limited who were also owners of the SL suddenly closed the club only weeks before the start of the season. Both teams play their home games at the Titanium Security Arena.
Adelaide has a professional netball team, the Adelaide Thunderbirds , which plays in the national netball competition, the Suncorp Super Netball championship, with home games played at Priceline Stadium. The Thunderbirds occasionally play games or finals at the Titanium Security Arena, while international netball matches are usually played at the 10, seat Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
The Titanium Security Arena has a capacity of 8, and is the largest purpose-built basketball stadium in Australia. Since Adelaide and its surrounding areas have hosted the Tour Down Under bicycle race , organised and directed by Adelaide-based Mike Turtur.
They have been playing since , and their home stadium until was Norwood Oval. It was national champions in and plays its games at the IceArenA. The Classic Adelaide, a rally of classic sporting vehicles, is also held in the city and its surrounds. Adelaide formerly had three horse racing venues. It also has Globe Derby Park for Harness racing that opened in , and by had become Adelaide's premier harness racing venue taking over from the Wayville Showgrounds , as well as Greyhound Park for greyhound racing that opened in The World Solar Challenge race attracts teams from around the world, most of which are fielded by universities or corporations, although some are fielded by high schools.
The race has a years' history spanning nine races, with the inaugural event taking place in Adelaide hosted the World Bowls Championships  at Lockleys Bowling Club, becoming the third city in the world to have held the championships twice, having previously hosted the event in Dirt track speedway is also popular in Adelaide with three operating speedways.
Gillman Speedway located in the semi-industrial suburb of Gillman , has been in operation since and caters to Motorcycle speedway and Sidecars , while the Sidewinders Speedway located in Wingfield is also a motorcycle speedway dedicated to Under riders and has been in operation since Adelaide is home to the Great Southern Slam , the world's largest roller derby tournament.
The tournament has been held biennially over Australia's Queen's Birthday holiday weekend since In and the tournament featured 45 teams playing in two divisions. In the tournament has expanded to 48 teams competing in three divisions.
These hospitals are all teaching hospitals. Adelaide also hosts numerous private hospitals in the city centre and suburbs. In June the State Government announced a series of overhauls to the health sector that would see a new hospital constructed on railyards at the west end of the city, to replace the Royal Adelaide Hospital at the east end of the city.
Construction started in June and is expected to be completed in In addition, major upgrades were announced to see the Flinders Medical Centre become the primary centre for health care for the southern suburbs, and the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth become the centre for the northern suburbs.
The trio of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Modbury Hospital and the Noarlunga Hospital were to become specialist elective surgery centres. The Repatriation General Hospital was also to expand its range of speciality areas beyond veterans' health to incorporate stroke, orthopaedic rehabilitation and aged care. The largest not-for-profit provider of community health care within Adelaide is the Royal District Nursing Service South Australia which provides out of hospital care and hospital avoidance care, which in turn eases pressure on the South Australia public hospital system.
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There are further plans to extend the tram to Port Adelaide and Semaphore. A CBD tram loop too, is being considered and the latest Adelaide Airport master plan has also revealed a tram extension to the airport in the near future.
Road transport in Adelaide has historically been comparatively easier than many of the other Australian cities, with a well-defined city layout and wide multiple-lane roads from the beginning of its development. Historically, Adelaide was known as a "twenty-minute city", with commuters having been able to travel from metropolitan outskirts to the city proper in roughly twenty minutes.
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Parafield Airport served as Adelaide's main aerodrome until the opening of the Adelaide Airport in February The electricity retail market was opened to competition in and although competition was expected to result in lower retail costs, prices increased by SA Power Networks now distributes electricity from transmission companies to end users.
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History of Adelaide Gaol. Archived from the original on 24 October Retrieved 7 September He kept my spirits up, refusing to leave me alone if I was depressed. We live in a small rural part of Alaska. Friends and people that we barely knew cooked for us, opened up a bank account for donations and sent me get well cards, usually with money.
A lot of people knew that we didn't have health insurance. My parents live in Atlanta and there were prayer chains from Georgia to Alaska. In August '04, I had my last chemo. I do have anxiety that the cancer will return, but I do mostly manage to control that fear by only allowing it "front and center stage" for brief moments.
After a few moments, I pray and push those thoughts out of my mind - choosing instead to concentrate on living instead of the fear of dying. There is residual fall-out from the hysterectomy, unfortunately.
As I have a "little weight on my bones", I developed an abdominal hernia which has required 2 surgeries. They were both necessary to repair the hernia and clear the bowel obstruction. After 2 surgeries, the hernia has returned and I have since learned that bowel obstructions quite often happen in conjunction with abdominal hernias.
I have been hearing more and more about abdominal hernias as a result of hysterectomies. My surgeon has told me that I need to lose pounds and keep it off in order for the hernia repair to actually work. So while I made it through ovarian cancer, I still have another big hurdle to overcome. Since my year bout with ovarian cancer, I have gone through it with 2 close friends and we are all three alive and well.
This is the lesson that I have learned: Life is not a dress rehearsal. Feel free to email me at: This has been so shocking and hard to understand. Her treatment so far was only removal of the tumor which was on the right ovary, removal of implant on right tube and removal of 2 implants on peritineal wall.
We are seeking opinions regarding removal of the right ovary and tube. I want to be aggressive to help prevent recurrance and protect her from invasive cancer, but the doctors of course want to save her fertility. But since she is only 16, being a mother is many years away! Does anyone have any insight for us? Pam Dahler Hi, my daughter Carly who is 24 has been diagnosed with serous borderline ovarian cancer stage 3 with invasive implants - very confusing as borderline tumours are not supposed to spread.
Is there anyone out there who has now or in the past had this very rare type of borderline tumour and more importantly how they have coped and what their treatment and prognosis is - thanks x Joanne I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in March of , just 4 days short of my 50th birthday.
I went to the doctors in early March after experiencing back pain, bloating and getting a period after a year. I thought these symptoms were all part of menopause. I was not all that shocked when I heard the word Cancer, but the stage upset me. I am now participating in a clinical trial. I just finished the first phase and starting the second phase. It involves IV and IP treatments. I am now on a 21 day cycle of avastin.
I will finish up June My CT scans have been good. NED and CA has been below I only have one piece of advice. Listen to your body. As for hitting the big I can't wait until 51!! They have said her ovaries and uterus are bulky but tumors have been found and her lymph nodes are slightly swollen in her back. She finally say gyn and did a biopsy this week.
Can anyone offer some insight is this something we should be worried about as we are. Thanks Cynthia Green 2 N. It's been more than 4 years since my fight with metastatic stage IV ovarian cancer.
Just saw my ongologist 2 months ago and my CA was 5. Way back in it was I'm enjoying being with my friends and family, working, and doing the things that make me happy.
I thank God for my friends and family, the oncology nurses and my gynecologic oncologist. The special things I do to try and keep my health: I try and eat right at least half of the time. I try to eat all those foods they say prevent cancer. I work hard to keep my stress level down. I took a workshop at the local hospice on preparing for the end of life. Everyone thought that was so weird, but it calmed me down tremendously. I plan on living for a long time, but if this disease returns I want to fight when it's good to fight, and let go when it's time to let go.
Most importantly I keep my medical appointments, listen to the advise of my doctors and always let them know what I am doing and taking. My message to others: Enjoy each day as if it was your last. This life is a journey that eventually ends for all of us. Today, good things are all around. Keep up the good fight. Click here for Part One Doris My symptoms were lack of appetite, loss of usual energy, difficulty breathing, very tender abdomen and what I thought was IBS.
A nurse PA had done my yearly physical July and dismissed my suggestion of a colonoscopy because I had one two years previously. I received Taxol and Carboplatin every three weeks for six treatments, finishing on January 31, My CA went from to 6. In June of I was back feeling well and enjoying life.
In November of my Ca gradually started rising. As of May 28, it is For the most part I feel well. My PET scan of July 1, show an enlarged lymph node compatible with recurrent neoplastic disease. There is a ventral hernia containing a knuckle of small bowel but chest and abdomen is negative of additional neoplastic disease.
I have read about Dicer and Doscha proteins and wonder if there is anyway to stimulate these to help fight disease. Also I am wondering about detox diets ie, kale and other veggie smoothies.
What about the cyberknife? I am concerned with quality of life and keeping costs down even though I have good insurance. If someone has input into my current situation I would be glad to entertain suggestions. Sum1 Watching Over Me I was one of the lucky ones. I went to my doctor and he ordered a CT scan.
It showed a large mass on my left ovary and I was scheduled to see an oncologist. Just that name scared me. The doctor explained what options I had depending on whether it was cancer and if it spread and at what stage it was. The biopsy showed that it was stage 1a. I had a total hysterectomy and didn't require any chemo treatments.
My surgeon told me "Someone was watching over you". He said that he doesn't see too many patients at stage 1a, they're usually more advanced. Also the tumor was attached to my back that's what was causing the back pain. Like many others, I was not aware someone as young as me could get ovarian cancer.
I went to the Gynecologist for the first time in my life because I was having discomfort in my abdominal area, especially when my bladder was full, and I figured at my age it was time to get checked out in case I would find Mr. Right and decide to start a family someday. The doctor felt some masses in my pelvic region and sent me for a sonogram. At the time he did not tell me he felt anything. I found out I had a problem from the technicians and then confirmed it with the doctor.
I was scheduled for surgery a month later. They did not know it was ovarian cancer until they did the surgery.
Radiology procedures have come a long way since then. I had 6 treatments of chemotherapy 3 different medicines every 21 days , a biopsy surgery which was negative and two more treatments of chemo. I'm now 48 years old, been married to my soul mate for the last 18 years, and happy to be alive. For those of you like me who were young when you were diagnosed and may not be able to have children of your own because of it, just focus on the fact that you are still here and take one day at a time.
Like me, you may find someone who is okay not having children or you can always adopt. I spend my time spoiling all my nieces and nephews. Even though it has been 26 years I still see the Oncologist and have the CA test and a pelvic and abdominal sonogram once a year. My Mother Where to begin. Well last summer my mom just wasn't herself.
She was quiet and subdued,and her energy wasn't the same. She has 3 grandchildren, 2 are mine and my brother has one; now ages 9 ,8 , and 4. She truly lives for them, she is a grandmother who gets down and plays with the kids all day. I had noticed that she seemed more tired. I thought, maybe she was just depressed. I even had asked her if she was happy,She just didn't seem herself. Well in July She had thought that she had pulled a muscle,I said just go to the doctor.
She was never one to run to the doctor. My mom in the summer lives about 1 hour from me at a little lake house. Each week that I would go up there,she was looking more tired. I even had some friends comment that she didn't look herself.
Finally her stomach started to blow up,it was also hard. She went to a md. Who ordered a Ct. She had gone to The Dr. All weekend I had a bad feeling I just knew it wasn't going to be good. Well Monday August 17, came. Hours after her scan the Dr. Our world had just changed. I went home and did a ton of research. Before her surgery they also discovered,she had an undiagnosed thyroid condition. So surgery was put off. So she was started on chemo right away.
Her first round of Chemo she ended up in the hospital with blood clots in both her lungs,she spent a week in the hospital,she had another round of chemo then on Oct 13th she had her surgery. She had a fabulous surgeon. He cut her vertically about 12 to 16 inches long he removed her ovaries each had large tumors, her omentum her adrenal glad had a large tumor.
In all she had 3 large tumors and 20 small ones He was very confident he got all visible signs of cancer. She contined with Chemo. I also got her to go to a MD. They said she is now in remission. Her and my Dad went to Florida for the winter and she had continued treatment down there. Both the Chemo and the Vitamin infusions and suppliments. It was very hard to watch my mom go through the suffering.
Plus she is the type of person who feels like she was a burden on us. She is such a caregiver,so it was hard for her to be the one in need. She was stage 3c when she was diagosed. Im trying not to worry about when it will come back. Will she have the strength to do it again? Will I have the strenth to support her?
Its always in the back of my mind. I also wanted to say the vitamins and infusions definatly helped with her energy level. Im more into natural health than her. Trying to build up your immune system naturally.
She worked full time in a sewing factory kept house for herself and our aging mother. Took care of her grandson when he got home from school. She did lawn work, papered and painted her walls etc. Never drank or smoked. But she did have ovarian cysts and problems with her periods. She only got pregnant once even though she did nothing to prevent it. She complained about back pain which m. She state she had abdominal pain on both sides where her ovaries would be.
Her Gyn said nothing was wrong. Her primary care told her she was getting older and to slow down and that maybe it was her nerves. At 62 she was vomiting after most meals and her bowel habits were irregular. They told her that nothing was wrong and to relax. On she was in E. He diagnosed her as Ovarian Cancer stage Did her debulking and chemo treatments until she died at age Our beautiful, caring, loving sister, daughter, mom and nana was gone.
Earlier diagnosis could have helped. Why wsn't it recognized??? She did lwn work, papered and painted her walls etc. She complined about back pain which m. Her primary care told her she was getting older and to slow and that maybe it was her nerves.
Marissa My name is Marissa, 47, married with a 15 year old daughter. It was a shock! Pap and mammogram were good along wth the usual tests. In June, we went home for good to our home country, the Philippines.
I felt good,and I was slimmer. I thought I was just having the "usual" loose bowels. I did not go to the doctor right away. Then one night, it was so painful, then I vomited. I decided to see a Gastroenterologist because I thought it was my stomach. He felt a mass in the lower left side of my abdomen. He sent for an ultrasound right away. It was an 8 cm. I have had my uterus removed in , negative of any cancer.
It was my left ovary. My oncologist advised that the mass be removed right away. I was scheduled for surgery two days after Nov. Pathology confirmed, it was a burst left ovary.
My oncologist and surgeon removed my omentum, both ovaries and fallopian tubes. My CA was I pray that it stays that way forever I wish they make the ultrasound test a routine test just like Pap Smear. I could not help but think that maybe I would have known earlier that my ovay was not normal anymore and not go thru Chemo if I was in the Philippines. I lived and worked as a teacher in the US for 8 years, had very good health insurance, but was never offered this test by my OBGYNE there, although he knew my history.
Now I know Ovarian cancer can not be detected by just having Pap Smear. Let us all be vigilant about our health and pray for each other God bless us all Donna Last summer at Hopkins I had surgery to remove 2 ft of my right colon due to stage 1 colon cancer. He told me that from the cat scan I have inflamed lymph nodes, Im scared.
If theres anything there do I got back to the colon surgeon or a gyn surgeon? Scared Nurisse I woke up May 10, and went to pee like I do every morning. I had blood in my urine. I got so scared. My stomach had been the size of a pregnant woman in her 9th month all of April. My doctor didn't know what was wrong.
After tests to see if I was having internal bleeding, because I was taking blood thinners due to blood clots in my lungs and one in my right leg. I was going to get an ultra sound done later that morning on the 10th. I looked in the mirror and I was white as a sheet. I am a light skinned black woman. I said a prayer. But I was so scared. I brushed my teeth, washed up, got dressed as quick as I could. Drove to my grandmother's house shaking all the way and praying.
I made it there in about 8 minutes. She lives about 15 to 20 minutes away. Got up the stairs and rung the bell. As soon as she answered the door I told her to call emergency I had to got to the hospital,and that there was blood in my urine.
I sat nervous and waiting, trying to stay calm because I have panic attacks. The EMT team came took me to the hospital. I peed again and the urine was the color of cranberry juice. The nurse said I could have a urinary tract infection. I was just scared. I waited in the room with my mother, grandmother and aunt.
The doctor came in got my history and told me they were going to do a ct scan. Another nurse appeared and told me to drink this fluid for the test. I took the test. The doctor came back in and told me I had ovarian cancer. Cried my eyes out. They released me and I went home to my grandmother's.
I was so uncomfortable and scared. I went to my doctor the next afternoon. I was admitted to the hospital that evening. I met my Oncologist. She told me I had Ovarian Cancer stage 4 and ascites.
She also told me there was too much disease to do surgery. I had tests done. There were tumors in both ovaries, on my abdominal wall, one in my liver, on on my spine, and a bunch in my omentum. The next morning I got my stomach tapped. They took 6 liters of fluid off. I had to have a blood transfusion because my hemoglobin was at 7. I had chemo after that. Had an allergic to the chemo so they stopped it.
The next morning I met with my doctor, she changed the chemo drugs and I had the chemo the next day. I got my stomach tapped one more time. They took 6 liters that time also. I was released after being in the hospital for 10 days. When I got home my son put me on an alkaline diet. No meat, dairy or grains. Fruits and Vegetables only. I had my stomach tapped the week after I got home.
They took 4 liters that time. And that was the last time I had to have it tapped. I got chemo again 21 days after the first time. I was on a 21 day cycle. I found out my CA tumor marker was 16, When I had the test again a month later it was 13, I started taking alkaline supplements and an immune booster, so I wouldn't catch a cold or the flu.
I was going crazy only eating fruits and veggies. I continued chemo but it was ravishing my body. They had to give me another blood transfusion and a platelet transfusion and an iron transfusion as well as shots to build my blood levels.
My CA went down to after my 3rd cycle. They finally reduced my chemo dose. I was put on a weekly cycle.
My tumor marker continued to drop, 37, then to I had two weeks to go but the chemo was still to strong. I had my last treatment at the end of October.
My levels were too low to continue. I just went to the doctor yesterday February 10, My CA is I am in remission. I don't want the surgery. I will continue to take these alkaline supplements. I feel like they are the reason the cancer is too small to detected. My email is dva yahoo. She told me I had Ovarian Cancer stage 4 and Ascites.
There were tumors in both ovaries, on my abdominal wall, one in my liver, on on my spine, and a bunch in my Omentum. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know anything else about my story or about the supplements I took.
Ira Hello to everyone, my name is Ira. I am 34 years old. I was really shocked, because my little daughter was 1. The surgery was done immediately. Then 6 courses of chemo every 21 days. I have already had 4. My Ca got down to I never told anyone about my situation, just to my parents and husband.
I would like to find some friends with similar situation just to speak to them sometimes. Maybe I can also help someone. Please write me on my email: My mother has been battling cancer since Since the last post she has tried several diffrent types of chemo at the CTCA. They now know that she is resistant to all but two types of chemo. As well she has had to undergo surgery to have catheters placed in both her lungs to drain fluid, the cancer has spread to there causing pleural effusions.
Currently she is undergoing treatments of Avastin which to my understanding is a clinical trial for ovarian cancer but was intended for lung cancer. I truly hope this will be her cure. We can only put this into gods hands and wait for his will to be done. Sometimes I find myself wondering why anyone must suffer as much as she has, but in the end we have had longer with her than some people are afforded.
I can only pray that each and everyone of you who have been touched by this or any type of cancer will find the cure. One day I hope that cancer is as treatable as your common cold. With all the research and trials maybe we are well on our way to that being a reality. My prayers and well wishes are with you all. Every day of life is a new challenge. It's how we deal with it, is the challenge. In at age 60, I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and it was found in a very late stage due to no symtoms.
They call it the silent killer. The challenge was first of all to get over the shock of being told I had cancer. I have never been sick in my life, never smoked, occasional drink and always ate right and took care of myself. They started me on chemo for 3 months before going in for surgery. At the end of that 3 months, my husband who was 62 at that time, has a massive heart attack and dies.
I'm not a young woman, I was working but didn't expect my golden years would be alone and I still had that surgery lingering out there. People around me were in more shock than I was so I was continually comforting them and trying to maintain some type of self control and yet go through my mourning period. I had my surgery with my 3 children by my side, and continued for 15 more months of chemo. Now I'm a working woman, never got sick from the chemo by the way and would go right back to work after my treatment, bald and a widow.
As if this wasn't enough challenges I had been through, I had another one. My youngest son dies This of all my challenges was the worst of all. I could deal with having chemo, being alone, being bald. But to lose your child is the hardest hit I could have ever imagined or taken.
No one in my family is or probably ever will be. The moral of this story is I have been cancer free for 16 months now, have my hair back, still working and have wonderful children, family and friends surrounding me. I was a sympathic person before all this and now I am much more compassionate, emphathetic and caring for people around me.
Life doesn't stop with all these hurdles that hit us nor do I want it to stop. I have 9 grandchildren that need me, friends that need me and family that need me and I need them. I still have too much living to do. So with a strong faith, love from family and friends and a positive attitude, we really can get through anything life throws at us.
Sherry CCH It was about mid July this year, I thought I was putting on more weight as usual, I looked down at my upper stomach and noticed it was getting bigger, as I said I thought I was just putting on weight. I thought I had better go to the Doctor and get it checked out. I went to him beginning of August, told him that I was experiencing a slight pull lower abdomen and that my stomach looked and felt bloated.
But, 2 weeks later it felt like it was getting bigger so I went back to him, who then, bloody hell, gave me some D-Gas tablets, how's that for a diagnosis. So I went away for 2 weeks took the D-Gas tablets was actually very funny as my husband laughed a bit and said, why on earth did he give you those, you have no problem D-Gasing AHole , mind you I thought it was funny as well, we both started cracking up laughing.
Anyhow, couple of weeks later I went back said that something was not right, even though I was not experiencing any pain whatsoever, I knew something was not quite right. He then got me to lie on the bed in his surgery and he had a look and feel around my stomach, then said oh your right there is something there.
We both talked and he said he was pretty sure it was only a cyst probably dermoid in origin. He then acted quite fast, a referral went to the gynaecologist at our local hospital and another referral to the radiology department asking for a CT scan.
Everything more or less started from there, a week later I had an appointment with Radiology, blood test CA , and a couple of days later I had an appointment to see the Gynaecologist. The blood test came back quite raised even tho I got told it was slightly raised - whateva and he could see something untoward going on in the cyst and also other affected areas.
I was in hospital that following week having supposedly a total abdominal hysterectomy. I could say all went well but I am not going to. The next day he came and saw me with the news. I had Ovarian Cancer in which cells had also attached to my bladder, bowel, omentum and appendix. I asked him to come back the next day to give me time to think things over.
He said to me they were not there to prolong life they were there to cure it - this meant a lot at the time but have learnt a lot since then. I went into hospital 17th October, needed to get over the hysterectomy first. Had first lot of chemo treatment 17 November which consisted of two drugs Paclitaxel and Carboplatin.
The Paclitaxel taxol was a 3 hour administer, and the Carboplatin 1 hour. I was 8mins into the Taxol and had a really bad allergic reaction to it, they had to give me something to hurry up and counteract it. They flushed this through as fast as possible and then half n hour later tried the Carboplatin which was fine, so now they either have to find something else to replace the Taxol while I continue on the Carboplatin.
Today is the 7 day post chemo, havent felt too bad, still early days yet. I have a husband really supportive , a son who is home from University for 3 months and the rest of my family is wonderful and supportive also mum, dad, sisters, brothers etc. Oh yeah live in New Zealand.
I remain healthy, NED. Add something else to the list of six month check-ups! I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 1C in August when I was 35 years old. I had a right side oophorectomy. In August I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer stage 1B and had a total hysterectomy.
Because I was lucky enough to be stage 1 both times I did not have chemo. In July my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. I shared this information with my genetic counselor. My father's uncle also had brain cancer. It is likely our family has this variation. I chose not to be tested to confirm the diagnosis since there is no early screening for brain cancer. Why waste the time and the money? I can't stress enough how important it is to know your family medical history.
Knowing your risks and being screened for early detection is key to long term survival. Share your story with your family and friends.
I continue to pray for the ladies on the ovarian cancer chat group. When I needed a virtual hug or some hand holding you have always been there. Being able to talk to someone who has walked in my shoes has been a blessing. Peace and Prayers - jbx a. The stories have been an inspiration and they fill me with such hope. In March my mother age 64 began losing weight and her hands were swelled.
She had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome years earlier. Her and my father were under extreme stress and depression. They were on the verge of losing their home of 30 years and their business of 40 years because of the bad economy. I am the 2nd eldest daughter and me and my older sister thought the tiredness and weightloss were all part of her life situation.
She went to the doctors for her hands in December and they told her to take ibuprofren. Finally in May she was sent to a arthritis specialist who gave her a lung x-ray because he suspected a deadly auto-immune disease that turns your body to stone. We were terrified but not as much as when they found a mass on the x-ray in her abdomen.
We were lucky she was only 5'2 and it showed up. Immediate hysterectomy with debulking. After operation first question out of my mouth was How many years has a patient of yours with the same stage of ovarian cancer survived? He answered 22 years I have clung to those words since Six months of cheomo up in Jan It is now October and her CA is creeping up first 25 now We have cat-scan on Wednesday then go from there.
My mother had not been to a gynecologist in 5 years since hers moved to Florida. She had been to every other doctor for high blood pressure to cholesterol. Why was CA not standard? I am scared but hopeful. I always come back to this website I want survival stories from all you brave, courageous and inspiring women.
Since she was diagnosed with MS the year before, she thought she was having a flare-up and maybe needed her MS medication changed.
She struggled to get examined by her neurologist who finally changed her meds over the phone. In December Lea Ann developed a cough that would not go away. She made several visits to her primary care doctor and was given anti-biotics and cough medicine and finally a chest x-ray which was clear. Her pain and fatigue steadily got worse. She also started having night sweats, hair loss, and lost weight.
That doctor only ran blood tests and did not examine her. The diagnosis was chronic fatigue syndrome and estrogen umbers that were a little low. Lea Ann was given a low dose of estrogen. The estrogen did nothing for her symptoms so she quit taking it after a short time.
Lea Ann continued working as a 3rd grade teacher in spite of her discomfort. She used her rolling teacher chair as a walker to get around the classroom.
Her periods stopped in March and by May she had lost almost 50 pounds. She made an appointment with a new neurologist for early June so she would not have to miss a school day. The doctor reviewed all her symptoms and told her something was wrong and MS was not causing most of her trouble. Her primary care doctor ordered a body scan that showed a large tumor on one ovary, several tumors in her liver and 2 tumors in one lung.
She found out she has stage 4 ovarian cancer. Chemo began in July. She had some trouble with the drugs, some reactions and poor blood numbers caused delays. By September the doctor ordered another body scan to check the tumors. The tumors had grown in spite of the chemo. Lea Ann was so weak and the cancer so aggressive the doctor thought no more could be done.
She had months. We had all been so full of hope. This was horrible news. Lea Ann was admitted to hospice care at home on September 21, She has good days and bad days. She is in the last stages now. We pray for a peaceful passing. Women do not ignore your pain or dismiss your symptoms. Lea Ann lost a 7 month head start on fighting her cancer due to bad doctoring. Kae Peaster Mays My mother was the most beautiful woman I had ever known.
Even when I was in jr. She had a natural beauty, the kind with no need for makeup and just jeans and t-shirts. She was also extremely stubborn. When she was 41 she had started having pains in her lower side. Being stubborn and tough she didn't go to the doctor for months until the pain was so unbearable she could no longer take it.
She really hadn't been to the gynecologist since my sister was born, who was now When she had finally gone to her doctor they found a cyst on her ovaries and decided to have a routine operation to remove it.
It was during the operation that they realized that it was not just a cyst. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer at the age of She was such a fighter! You seriously never knew that she was ever in pain.
She didn't want anyone to feel sorry for her or to know she wasn't doing well. My mother died on Thursday, July 26, at the age of She worked her full time job up until the Friday before she passed away. She passed away on her vacation week that she was going to come and see me. Tough woman but God called her home and I am thankful that my faith lets me know I will see her again someday.
I am a grandmother raising 3 granddaughters, I ran a day-care home and I knew that I had hernias in my stomach. I started having a lot of pain. After children were picked up my husband took me to the ER. I had many tests and they kept me from wednesday-Friday. I finally gave them permission to do surgury to repair the hernias, I stayed in hospital for one week; since I had staples I had to go back the following week to remove them. The doctor asked me if I wanted the good news first or the bad news.
I had no idea what the doctor meant, he told me he had found a tumor and removed it and sent it for biopsy. The result came back stage 4 Ovarian-Peritoneal Cancer. I had to go the next week to see a gynecologist. They ordered a ct scan and some bloodwork and said I needed to start chemo. I was terrified but was ready to fight. I had many people and churches praying and I totally gave it to the Lord.
I went through 4 cycles of chemo, lost 30 lbs but got through it. All blood tests, CA and ct scans are within normal range. I go see my oncologist at the end of Dec , hoping all is within normal range. I will tell you please don't give up and stay strong because miracles do happen. Sandi Pniauskas Hope with More: Ever-present are the realities that ovarian cancer is a disease most often en-shrined in significant suffering. This is our past and this is our current reality. Each day brings a kaleidoscope of emotions.
With each passing day, the struggles of the fine line between Hope, Reality, Wishes, Expectations and Dreams remain. We speak as one without boundaries and indeed in many respects ovarian cancer IS the silent killer.
Against our will and with significant sacrifices, this ovarian cancer invariably defeats the body and the spirit.
I challenge you to listen, as we have, so silently, for so long. A decade of intimate involvement with ovarian cancer women, their caregivers and communities, has most often elicited truisms that stand out. Trust between ovarian cancer Women and Caregivers is: Should we choose we might learn much based on these personal conversations.
Sometimes with a huge sigh of relief and humour. In our communities, many moments are spent living-with-ovarian cancer, often through the eyes of others. How dare they write me off. I have wished it was me, not her going thru this. Though I am younger and could be stronger, the truth is I am such a coward compared to her.
I am alive today because of my guardian angel an ovarian cancer survivor. Spent all day in emergency because I was having a lot of trouble breathing. Good news no heart attack, no stroke.
Please visit me today as I think this is it. The line has been kind of busy Friendship therapy is something that has not been explored by the medical community, but it is important for cancer survivors.
When I was on chemotherapy, I might just sleep over some days because during those days I was too sick to eat or get up. I was surprised I was enjoying not only the good companies, but also the food when other survivors came to visit me. I think I will lean heavily on philosophy as I get closer to dying. It's that or religion. Maybe I'll just eat my way through the fear of death! I have to say that I am not being very gracious here and at the same time not feeling that I should apologize either.
It makes me feel that I am supposed to be wishing you the best when all I really am wishing for is that you could stay. I was 3x years old when I was diagnosed.
I have never had a CA done to my knowledge. I hope he likes his wife!!!! I should have read the bio first - psychiatry and 'suck it up' don't really go together.
Thanks for living so long! In order to be taken seriously, we patients need to understand everything about ovarian cancer. I decided that starvation is the easier death by far. I once read that ovarian is the most complicated cancer, so I figure that I and the rest of us must be really special. I left his office naively thinking that something would be done and that we could go back to trying to have children. I think I am close. Value and Sense of Worthiness: I feel I am nothing for what this disease is doing to my family control.
I am not a nothing I am really a somebody Let me tell you what is on my mind without cutting me off with "You are so negative! Not a Thing, or a title, nor am I a summary of accomplishments. I am No Thing because I am not static, not uniform, not in a box, not a disease, not a political party. I am not a snapshot. Cullen It was February My Mom was 61 yrs old.