“Who says cancer and chemo have to get you down? We'll have the last laugh!” she wrote. “We want to show the world that dancing and laughter is the BEST medicine.”
Ayala says she was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma and has been fighting it since Dec. 2015. Scans in July showed the cancer spread to her spleen. Since then, she’s been going through a more aggressive chemo approach. A recent September scan showed her tumor had shrunk.
“We just wanted to inspire and motivate people in my position to not see cancer as such a depressing, sad, death sentence,” she told. “We also wanted to encourage people/loved ones/caregivers to get out of their comfort zones (as my chemo buddy Danielle did for me) and laugh, sing, dance through the pain! Laughter has really been the best medicine for me!”
For Mary Sue David, It’s not just about getting through her treatment for stage IV ovarian cancer; it’s about living her life and thriving. Cancer survivor Mary Sue shares her journey with cancer, which has included breast and ovarian cancer. She talks about her initial fears from her diagnosis, her cancer treatment and how she stays upbeat, living one day at a time. Visit http://www.oacancer.com/living-with-ovarian-cancer-and-thriving/ to read more about Mary Sue's story.
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Julie McMullen, then 27, experienced severe abdominal cramping. After four trips to the ER, it was decided that she undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove what was believed to be a cyst. After surgery, Julie woke up to a room full of family and friends. She had ovarian cancer. Dr. Krivak of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC came to the rescue and removed the cancer while saving one of her ovaries. Today, Julie is healthy and pregnant, and had a healthy baby boy, Richard, in January 2011. Julie and her husband, Mike, continue to raise funds for women's cancer research. http://www.mwrif.org
Dr. McDonald talks about some common symptoms of ovarian cancer and the demographic that it mostly affects. Matt McDonald, MD: Statistically speaking, the most common patients that acquire ovarian cancer are usually patients in advanced age, usually in their 60s or 70s. It is usually a disease that affects Caucasian women more frequently than other ethnic groups. Unfortunately though, what a lot of people don't know is ovarian cancer can affect really almost anyone and any age. The symptoms that women present with, with ovarian cancer are almost universally related to what we call mass effect, meaning that as the ovary enlarges, it pushes on other adjacent structures. Other structures that live in very close proximity to the ovary are the intestinal tract and urinary tract and so as an ovary enlarges, much like when women are pregnant, they will start having complaints related to those structures being compressed and what I mean by that is the bladder won't fill as much, meaning that there is a mass on the outside of the bladder pushing on the bladder and not allowing the