Ovarian Cancer Patient Stories

  • Cynthia Danko

    Cynthia Danko

    Like most people, Cindy Danko had no time to be sick. A full time house painter, Cyd – as she’s known to her friends – was used to keeping a busy schedule packed with physically demanding work. In February 2009, shortly before her 50th birthday, Cyd went to her gynecologist for an annual exam. Within a few days, her doctor called to explain that her Pap test was abnormal. “I thought it was a mistake,” said Cyd.  

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  • Missy Light Dougherty

    Missy Light Dougherty

    Ovarian Cancer with fertility preservation

    Missy Dougherty is a beach girl at heart and has spent many summers in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The summer of 2007 was to be no different. Missy and her husband, Brendan, planned to take their 2-year-old son to Sea Isle every weekend. However, Missy was more tired than usual and began experiencing symptoms consistent with both irritable bowel syndrome and a urinary tract infection. At 31, she was also hoping to have another baby.

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  • Vera James

    Vera James

    Ovarian Cancer

    At 72, Vera James keeps herself busy, and the spring of 2012 was especially so. She had her 50th college reunion to attend, a family cruise through the Panama Canal to enjoy and her usual home and garden work to keep after.  So when she noticed some issues with frequent urination, she didn’t pay much attention, attributing it to the normal aging process.  But on April 22 of that year, she woke up with a pronounced swelling between her rib cage and her naval.  Her doctor suspected a hernia, but urged her to get a CT scan and make an appointment with a surgeon quickly.

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  • Doris Kramer

    Doris Kramer

    Ovarian Cancer

    In 2000, Doris Kramer lost her husband and became a widow. She tried to remain positive with that challenge, just as she had with many others in her life - suffering a stroke, losing several family members, and confronting breast cancer. With her perpetually positive outlook, Doris always looks on the bright side of life, even when faced with ovarian cancer in September 2011 at the age of 86. 

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  • Karen Mason

    Karen Mason

    Ovarian

    As an experienced nurse in New Jersey, Karen Mason spends her days on her feet taking care of patients. In early 2000, her gynecologist reported a normal PAP smear and clear mammogram. "I assumed I was heading into another healthy year," said Karen.

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