I have been fighting Ovarian cancer since 1998. The type I have is known as Granulosa Cell Tumor (GCT). It’s a rare form of Ovarian cancer that had no known treatment other than surgery at that time. It usually occurs in older women who have been in menopause,usually is benign and once removed takes several years to recur. In cases like mine, began to manifest itself prior to age 30, it is referred to as Juvenile GCT. I have never been in remission. New tumors usually began to grow within months of surgery. This has caused me to have several surgeries over the past 13 years. However, cancer does not define me.
I am a dog lover. My puppy Jake is now 4-years-old. Jake is a Flat Coat Retriever/Shepherd mix, so his coat isn’t very flat. He is like my child. He doesn’t realize he is a dog. That’s him in the header photo when he first came home. Sabrina is a Husky/Shepherd mix we adopted. She was 7-years-old then and that was five years ago.
I love taking pictures,but haven’t done a lot of photography lately as I have been undergoing cancer treatment for the past year. I love horses, watching the waves roll in at a beach, watching the beautiful sunsets over the lake by my house and shopping. I don’t have children because the cancer caused me to miscarry my first and only child. However, I am a wife, a sister, a daughter and an aunt. My niece Kat lives with me and my husband Russell. I have a tendency to somewhat spoil her. She doesn’t get everything she wants, but has more than she probably needs. I jokingly tell her from time to time, “I may not have given birth to you, but you are definitely my brat!”
I tend to hold a lot in. Sometimes I smile on the outside while falling apart on the inside, but it’s only because I am trying to protect my family. I can be temperamental. Partially to blame is my family history and the fact I haven’t let go of some things. And, the other part is that my cancer is hormonal; the tumors produce estrogen. My doctor told my husband it was like PMS x 100.
Well that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me.