Dec 1999. I was diagnosed at age 29 with stage 3c OC. I had hysterectomy then 6 cycles taxol/carbo.
April 2005 - 1st Recurrence. Tumor removed around bowel and colostomy made. 6 more cycles taxol/carbo.
August 2009 - 2nd Recurrence. 3 small areas of disease with the abdominal cavity, so told no chance of cure now. 6 cycles caelyx resulted in stable disease.
Dec 2011. Permanent Uretic stent inserted as tumors pressing on ureter and causing kidney to swell up.
Present Day: We are now playing the waiting game to start the inevitable 4th round of chemo as i am presently asymptomatic.
Okay, so that is the brief medical history. I was always very positive that I was going to beat this cancer and if not, i was blooming well going to enjoy what time i had left. I am finding this increasingly difficult to do, especially since the end of treatment for the 2nd recurrence and feel I am just waiting around for something to happen, (ie death). Friends and family are all saying 'you can live with cancer for years', or telling me that they know loads of people who have survived cancer, but I need to know about people who are in the same boat as me.
Ultimately, I think I need to have some idea of 'how long do i have left?', which i know is like asking how long is a piece of string, but I think knowing what others are experiencing in terms of longevity would help me right now.