I have read through the interesting questions and stories on this site and would like to share my own. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage 3C OC, serous epithelial cell type. I was 55 yrs old. All the medical types were doom and gloom. I am a nurse myself. The first thing I learned was to be my own advocate. For some people researching the net is overwhelming and can be very depressing. This may not be for you. It was empowering to me even though not all the information was positive. I wanted to know what I was up against. The truth is as said many times throughout this site, "we are all different", even if we have the same stage, same cell type, same surgery, same treatment, same docs. In 5 years I have undergone 2 surgeries (the second at my own insistence), and am currently on my 5th round of chemo. BUT I recently returned from an adventuresome vacation that included rock climbing, horse back riding, hiking, white water rafting, fly fishing, etc..... AND I was not this adventuresome prior to cancer. In fact, I was quite sedentary.
I added the following to my life to assist with my journey through cancer. First, I developed a deeper faith which I feel is the main part of coping with any major illness. I attempt to walk at least 3 times a week.(nothing extreme). Diet is the hardest for me but cutting out sugar is major. "Cancer loves sugar". Then I added in some interventional types of treatments such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, mindfulness based stress reduction, massage therapy. Just make sure you tell your therapists if you are receiving chemo.
This life is a journey and it is what you make of it. Oh yes, I have the "not so good moments" and the "hoo-hoo moments". Each time we just pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and forge ahead. We all get something in life. Some of us earlier and younger than others. Our hair grows back. Chemo side effects diminish and life goes on.
I have gone through so many different things since being diagnosed. I believe having cancer made me a better person. Some may scoff at that statement. It made me more aware, more kinder, understanding, less judgmental, more connected with my family. I missed a lot in my life prior to these years. I was always too busy, hyper, high strung and too worried about my career.
As has been said earlier, "take one day at a time". At the end of the day think of one good thing that happened or you saw.
I have far outlived the time I was expected to have. I feel good. That is the most important. I wish each of you the best health you can find and peace of mind. Continue to fight the good fight.