16 years old newly diagnosed,


My name is Rachel and I was diagnosed with cancer two days ago, on May 18th 2010. It all started around march break. I was having pains in my abdomen, but thought it was a side effect of the medication I was already on. After a visit to my doctor, I was sent to emerge with a suspected appendicitis. After a CAT scan, I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst the size of a football, that was hiding very well since i only weighed around 115 pounds. The cyst was removed through lower abdominal surgery, and my ovary  was removed as well.

I waited 6 weeks for my checkup, thinking that if it had gone this long without any contact, that it was just a regular cyst and everything would be fine. At the six week mark, the surgeon told me that the cyst was a dermoid cyst, an immature teratoma in stage 2 and that I woulds require further treatment.

I’m supposed to start chemotherapy this summer, and though I’m very frightened, I can still imagine much worse things.

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Community, Newly Diagnosed

  • http://www.jamesvaidyanhealing.com Vaidyan

    Dear Rachel,

    Ayurveda may be better able to heal your ailment with out going for chemotherapy, and with out side effects. Please speak to your doctor, if he is ready to monitor your betterment trough few weeks, I am glad to extend my help.

    May God bless you.

    Vaidyan from Cochin, India.

  • Amanda

    Dear Rachel
    I’m so sorry for your diagnose.
    Please look into this video and research this information for yourself. It’s called The Rick Simpson Story, Run From The Cure. You can find it on you-tube, it’s a 7 part video. Please do your research on chemotherapy.

    Amanda from Ontario,Canada

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001044982533 Sarah Sparks

    hey i know your scared byt its all going to be with it when your doctor turns to you and say your cancer free the treatments aren’t that bad theres alot of stuff that make the side effects go away and losing your hair isnt a big deal its not important when your badeling cancer all i have to say is make the best of it:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517648804 Rachel Armstrong

    The tumors have actual grown back since posting this, and as a result I had to start BEP chemotherapy immediately and will require another surgery.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001456974461 Sara Batt

      OMG! I can’t even imagine what you are going through right now. You are so strong doing this again!

      • http://www.facebook.com/vfortunato1314 Victoria Fortunato

        omg good luck <3

  • Kayleigh

    I had the exact same situation. My cancerous cyst (stage 2) was in my lower abdomen, the size of a large grapefruit. I underwent surgery to remove the cyst as well as an ovary and fallopian tube. Although the chemo was rough, I know that you can do it! You seem like a very strong person. I know that when I went through it, I was afraid and scared to tell my story. You are so brave. I hope the next rounds will go smoothly for you! Good luck, all the best

  • http://www.myspace.com/www.uniqueblondiee lettie

    Wow finally glad I found someone else!!
    I have a left ovarian cyst wich mesures 6.9 x 5.7 cm and a growth in my fallopian tube. I was in the hospital tuesday/wednesday and gotten another scan and they said there’s abnormal changed that shouldn’t be there so I gotteb bloods done for a test called tumor markers. I get my results I’m 14 days :/ :O

    Thr docs said ovarian cancer is really rare in teens but now its looking more than likely :/

    If you wanna chat please email me at uniqueblondiee@gmail.com xxxx

  • Farhana:)

    Heloo Rachel dear!
    keep being STRONG and never ever give up yea..
    have FAITH and stay positive..
    be confident and not to forget keep ur killer smile ON!

    we LOVE you:)

    p/s: if you need someone to talk to or u just feel like expressing ur feelings to someone..u can email me at nottylicious.babe@gmail.com

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4KEVGNGDAAXXMGFOQPPXLGGBBU Daniela

    Hi Rachel, your story gave me goosebumps. I made a friend at the hospital who had ovarian cancer. I’m 17, and I have Leukemia. Chemo treatment can be hard but it’s so important to remember that you’ll get through it and just focus on something AFTER treatment. Just always stay positive. Talking to someone about treatment is really healthy, whether it’s a friend or a psychologist. I’ve been going through this crap for 5 years now and without someone to talk to, I would have gone crazy. If you ever just need to vent, you can email me.
    -Daniela (dddani3@yahoo.com)

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