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May 23, 2010 - 11 comments

post surgery

Hi Everyone,

I came home from the hospital yesterday and it feels so good to be home.  The doctor found no cancer in my omentum, lymph nodes and appendix.  He did find a piece of the left cancerous ovary that the first doctor missed.  He said no chemo needed.  Thank you all so much for your prayers.

Love, Gina

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by ska4life1986, May 23, 2010
welcome home gina and thank god you dont need treatment so glad to see you back on the forum hope  you have a speedy recovery x

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by Gina3754, May 23, 2010
Thank you.  I had no energy yesterday when I came home, but today I managed to reply to some e-mails and to Medhelp.  Hope all is well with you.  Love, Gina

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by hdebbie7, May 23, 2010
Horayyyyyy lovely to see your home Gina, been thinking of you so much, so glad to here your news, we will have to ave a catch up when you have a bit more energy. Proud of you xxxxxxxxxxx

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by Gina3754, May 23, 2010
Hi Debbie,

Yes, I have to get my energy back quickly as we are stilling planning on going to our son's graduation at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) on June 11th.  Dr. says I should be able to go.  Any tips on flying after surgery?  Love, Gina

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by fungirl1011, May 23, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS ON NO TREATMENTS AND WELCOME HOME GINA!!!  I am so glad to see that you are home.  I know how your energy isn't what you want it to be, but you will get there.  If I were you, I would make sure that you have a pillow with you when you fly.  It will help if you hold the pillow on your abdomen when you take off, land or hit turbulence.  I can't tell you enough how excited I am to see you back.  You are one heck of a woman!!  You inspire many of us.  Lots of love and hugs (lightly of course :) coming your way.

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by shewrites, May 24, 2010
Think about arranging with the airline for wheelchair delivery to the plane and, when you arrive, from the plane to the baggage claim area.  Don't carry anything heavy.  If it's a long flight, be sure to move your legs around so you don't get a DVT (deep vein thrombosis is very common on planes and after surgery).  Celebrate your son's graduation -- and, I hope, the end of tuition payments.  Above all, HAVE A GOOD TIME!  

Congratulations on 1A.  I am, too.  I did have chemo -- my doctor is considered "aggressive" -- and, or course, I'll never know if I could have gotten away without it.  It's been 8 years since my surgery and 7-1/2 years since completing chemo.  I waited eight weeks to get my port and start chemo because I had a trip to take;  my doctor's nurse didn't like my waiting, but the doctor approved it.  He was confident I would be cured from the beginning.  I never had a CA-125 before the surgery, but I've had single digit results since my first chemo -- and an 11 the day I started chemo.  I still see the doctor regularly.  When I asked the doctor why, he said that the chances of recurrence are almost, but not quite, zero.  

Sounds like you're going to do just fine.  

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by Gina3754, May 24, 2010
Fungirl and Shewrites,  Thanks so much for the tips on flying.  Yes, I better take a pillow, because I think they charge you for them now!  My doctor is the director of gyn-oncology at a suburban hospital and came highly recommended (I knew others who had him), so I hope his decision is correct.  You just never know with doctors.  My first surgeon left a piece of the cancerous ovary in my body (luckily, my oncologist found this).  I had a roommate at the hospital that came in for a laproscopic hysterectomry and was suppose to go home that  night or the next day.  Well the doctor severed her urethra  and then they had to open her up with a vertical incision and another one on her side to repair the urethra.  She even had a tube emptying blood out of her body.  She was under for 9 hours and now her legs are like balloons and they had to take her for an ultrasound to check for blood clots.  Talk about a medical error.  I prayed with her before I left.  Thanks for all encouragement.  I love my friends on Medhelp.  Gina

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by kcd86, Jun 28, 2010
I am very glad for your good news!!! Did the Dr recommend any further surveilance work up say 6months to a year? What type of ca did the path report say?

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by Gina3754, Jun 29, 2010
Yes, I must have a CT scan in 6 months and see my gyn-oncologist every 6 months.  I was so blessed to be diagnosed with stage 1c Low Malignant Potential ovarian cancer.  It was confined to the ovaries.  Thanks.

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by Heffmeister, Jul 01, 2010
Hi Gina so pleased you are doing well. I'm also had a LMP 1a (second opinion said possibly 1c as ruptured). I had my TAH last weds too and am home but weak and tried, doesn't help I am looking after my 5 year old with chicken pox! I was taken back to theatre after my op with internal bleeding and had to transfused so stayed longer than I'd planned.

They biospied by ometum again and some other bits (I don't have an appendix) and I am waiting for results. Not sure why they didn't do my lymph nodes though?

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by Gina3754, Jul 02, 2010
Hi Heffmeister,  Are you located in the US or another country?  I am surprised that the doctor did not biopsy your lymph nodes.  When you say you had your TAH last Weds, what does TAH stand for?  So sorry you had the internal bleeding.  I was very blessed to come out of the operation without complications, but I can't say the recovery wasn't painful.  I hope your 5 year old is recovering well from the Chicken Pox.  Both of my children got it at the same time when they were little (at Christmas time).    Let me know how you are doing.  Hugs to you.  Gina

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