The 2nd week of November I began having sharp pain on the left side of my pelvis. Like any normal person, I ignored it and hoped it would go away.
The following week, I noticed my period was 5 days late and this was unusual given my like-clockwork cycle. (My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant, so we’ve been tracking these sorts of things.) Upon hearing about the pelvic pain, I was told to go to urgent care if the pain persisted. I powered through another week before my husband forced me to go to urgent care the day before Thanksgiving.
The news was not good.
An ultrasound determined I had a sizable mass surrounding the left ovary (9-13cm long x 5cm wide) and I was immediately referring to gynecological oncology. The appointment with that doctor was on Thursday, December 3. A blood test (CA-125) taken in urgent care showed my numbers were very high. A CT scan was ordered the same day and I received preliminary results the following day.
Initially, I was due to have surgery the week of Xmas (happy holidays to me!) but my doc felt we needed to accelerate the pace. Her initial recommendation included a full hysterectomy regardless of the tumor being borderline. This was, of course, devastating to hear. But, I also knew that I needed to do what was best for me, and being an adopted child myself, also knew there were other ways to have children.
The weekend was spent informing our friends and family. We’re rallying the troops to kick this thing’s ass. Emotionally draining is an understatement.
I’ve got a few days in Austin for work and the remainder of the week will be spend queuing up my projects to be distributed while I’m out on medical leave.
I am thankful for some alone time and such a supportive network of people who love me. I really am lucky to not have to worry about work and to know I’ll be well taken care of.
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Love you, Jessica, and care about you so much. xoxo
Thinking of you and sending much love. Fuck that cancer shit! You are tough… cancer messed with the wrong woman. Xoxo
Jess! How did I not know this?! My heart is breaking. Sending you so much love and warm fuzzies.
I am truly sorry. I had heard through friends and kept you both in our hearts and prayers. It is nice to see you are not holding it in.
Oh Jessica, this is a big surprise and such a difficult challenge for you, and yet you appear to be handling this with such grace and positivity. Such a kind and caring person you’ve been to me and many others… this is the Jessica I know; the same woman who’s going to get through all this, I’m sure!