Surviving Ovarian Cancer: One Woman’s Journey to Overcoming the Odds
Ovarian cancer is a devastating diagnosis, with a survival rate of only about 49% for all stages. But one woman refused to be just another statistic.
Roberta, a wife, mother, and grandmother, received the diagnosis in 2015. She was devastated. But, she didn’t allow herself to stay in that space for long, instead choosing to fight with every ounce of strength she had.
Roberta’s journey, like many with the diagnosis, wasn’t easy. She underwent a hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy. But even when she’d beat the traditional treatments, the cancer came back.
That’s when Roberta chose to take her therapy into her own hands – she began a multi-faceted, holistic approach to her treatment. She changed her diet, adding more organic fruits and vegetables, and cutting out sugar and processed foods. She started walking regularly, and even began practicing mindfulness and meditation.
Whatever she did, it worked. Roberta is now in remission, determined to live life to the fullest.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are several risk factors for ovarian cancer. Women over 50, women who have had children later in life, and those who have a family history of the disease are at increased risk.
Symptoms can be subtle, making it easy to overlook or dismiss them as benign. These symptoms can include bloating, abdominal pain, and feeling full quickly while eating.
If you suspect ovarian cancer, it’s important to get diagnosed and treated early. Traditional treatments can include surgery to remove as much of the affected area as possible, followed by chemotherapy.
But, as Roberta shows us, there are other options that can be used in conjunction with these treatments. A healthy diet and exercise can help boost your immune system and aid your body through the stress of treatments.
Mindfulness and meditation can help ease the anxiety and fear that often come with a cancer diagnosis. Roberta found taking time for herself, to focus on her inner well-being, gave her the peace of mind she needed to be strong through every step of her journey.
Roberta’s story is living proof that cancer doesn’t always have to be the end of the story. By taking charge, and looking at every option available, you can increase your chances of survival and a full life – just like she has.