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.