Dear Jack
Foundation

Jenny K

Active LifeList Participant

At 25 years old, in December of 2020, I ended up at my doctor’s office due to sudden, severe cramping. At that visit it was discovered via ultrasound that I had many large Ovarian Cysts and a displaced IUD (which had been determined as the source of my pain). Six weeks later after switching birth controls, I had a follow up ultrasound which revealed the cysts had actually grown in size. From there, I was referred to an oncologist for further investigation and imaging. MRI results showed what they thought to be a 10cm ovarian cyst on my left ovary along with a couple other smaller cysts. Due to my age, my oncologist thought for sure there was no way these cysts were cancerous.

On March 8th, 2021 I went in for what was supposed to be laparoscopic removal of my left ovary and the attached cysts. Upon waking up from surgery, I was told the unfortunate diagnosis that had been made… I had ovarian cancer. If it weren’t for my IUD becoming displaced back in December, I might have never discovered this cancer. The cancer was spread throughout my entire abdomen including both ovaries, both fallopian tubes, uterus, appendix, cecum, omentum, and lymph nodes. What made the cold truth even harder to digest was learning that I will never be able to have a child of my own since they had to perform a Radical Hysterectomy and that I will be going through menopause at 25-years-old. After a three-night hospital stay, the pathology results came back with the official diagnosis of Stage 3c low grade serous carcinoma (LGSC) ovarian cancer. Unfortunately LGSC is a rare form of ovarian cancer which does not always have a promising prognosis as it can be resistant to chemotherapy. However, under the care of the best team of oncologists at Dana Farber it was decided I would go through 6 cycles of chemotherapy (Carboplatin and Paclitaxol). Having ovarian cancer at 25 is rare to begin with, but having LGSC at 25 is even more rare.

 

Jenny’s LifeList:

  • Tickets to the Patriots/Jaguars game
  • A queen-size Purple mattress
  • Boat rental in Boston Harbor for 12

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