Ovarian Cancer Patient Stories

  • Jane Rider-Gould

    Jane Rider-Gould

    Ovarian Cancer

    In her years working in medical coding, Jane Rider-Gould had many occasions to code records with the diagnosis "Stage 3 Cancer." But she never thought those words would apply to her.

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  • Donna Sweet

    Donna Sweet

    Ovarian Cancer

    Always an active person, Donna Sweet thought she’d just pulled a muscle on her left side when she experienced a sharp pain after exercising in February 2012. But by March 2012, when a jostle from her two-year-old caused her to see stars and the pain kept her up all night, she knew it was time to call her doctor.  A few days later, a pelvic CT scan revealed that her left ovary was engulfed in a mass.

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  • Cathy Van Horn

    Cathy Van Horn

    Ovarian Cancer

    When Cathy Van Horn met with her Fox Chase Cancer Center team in 2012, she knew where things stood. “I understood that my cancer wasn’t going to be cured. The best we can do is manage my cancer and keep it at bay. The longer we can stay positive and keep moving forward, the longer I’ll be here.”

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  • Linda Xerri

    Linda Xerri

    Linda Xerri lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to breast cancer. She was well aware of her increased breast cancer risk due to her strong family history. Linda is the mother of three children and works as a youth ministry coordinator at a Catholic school in Medford, New Jersey. With so many young people counting on her, not to mention her husband, Sam, Linda could not take any chances with her health.

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