Ovarian Cancer Survivor Stories

Women from across the country have shared their personal survivor stories. Their first-hand accounts offer important lessons for other women.

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“I just feel incredibly lucky. If I hadn’t mentioned the bleeding and my doctor hadn’t acted as quickly and definitively as she had, the outcome would have been much different.”
Janet L., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 54

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“Ladies, there is no test for ovarian cancer. And until these awesome doctors and researchers come up with one, we have to know our bodies!”
Tiffany P., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 32

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“Almost no one thought I would survive the initial cancer for six months, but here I am 31 years later.”
Sharolyn H., RN, MSN, Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 37

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“I want people to know that there is hope—healing is available—there is life after cancer.”
Rev. Linda M., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 47

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“I feel very fortunate that my body spoke to me.”
Linda G., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 65

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“The women in my family have a history of being healthy and living a long, long time. I was the last person I thought who would ever have to worry about a major health crisis.”
Debra “Debbie” E., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 57

Share Your Story

If you’re a survivor of cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar cancer, please consider sharing your story here. Send a note to CDC-INFO and we’ll get in touch with you. Please include “Inside Knowledge, Personal Story” in the subject line.

Page last reviewed: August 15, 2019