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Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer Patient Stories

Karen Applegate

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Karen Applegate

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

I felt sick and thought that I had stomach problems, so I spoke to a gastroenterologist. He ordered an ultrasound, and after reading the results he recommended that I go to Fox Chase. I was fortunate to get an appointment at Fox Chase the following week. The surgical oncologist ordered an MRI right away. He said I needed surgery.

Melissa "Missy" Light Dougherty

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Melissa "Missy" Light Dougherty

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

"During my treatment, some friends asked why I was willing to travel so far to Fox Chase. I explained that you just have to know the place and people to know why it is worth it."

Frances Johnson

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Frances Johnson

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

At my yearly physical in 2013, my primary care doctor ordered a CAT scan when I told him about the pain I had started experiencing on my left side near my waist. When the results were considered normal, I began accepting the pain as a normal part of getting older. I was 81 at the time.

Michelle Sealer

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Michelle Sealer

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

For over 25 years, Michelle Sealer, who is now in her forties, has valiantly fought ovarian cancer while keeping her faith. "I am a religious person and I pray a lot. I believe my faith has helped guide me through the years," says Michelle.

Michelle’s medical journey started when she was in college in 1993. "I started having irregular periods, pain in my right side, and I just wasn't feeling right. I visited the college health center and then was told to go to the local community hospital for treatment," she remembers.

Mary Schwarzenberger

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Mary Schwarzenberger

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

“My doctor told me Dr. Rubin ‘wrote the book’ on gynecologic surgery and was at the top of his class. This was someone he would send his loved ones to, if needed. That was all the endorsement I needed to hear.”

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