Living with ovarian cancer can be very tough on a woman.
Even if she gets her cancer diagnosed early, the treatment
process itself can produce complications that can make her
life miserable. For example, chemotherapy is known to make
people sick, while surgery carries with it a lot of pain.
But at least these options will bring about long-term
survival, when they are used with ovarian cancer in its
beginning stages. Yet, what about women who are living with
ovarian cancer that has progressed to something much worse?
They suffer both the complications of treatment and the
fact that their chances of living long aren't very
With that being said, what's the best way to go about
living with ovarian cancer? Well, first a woman should
network with other women who are also living with ovarian
cancer. These women can be found on ovarian cancer message
boards and/or at ovarian cancer support groups. Sometimes
you can contact people who are part of these groups as they
are often in a similar situation as you.
Secondly, you should consider going to clinical trials.
These are research studies in which new drugs or other
ovarian cancer therapies are tested. Granted, there's no
guarantee that such things will stop your ovarian cancer,
but it at least gives you some form of hope. You are also
providing invaluable research data for scientists who are
looking to see what will kill the cancer tumors and what
won't. Even if the treatment can't save your life, perhaps
through your participation researchers can gain the
knowledge they need to form future treatments that could
save the lives of other women.
Finally, when you are living with ovarian cancer, you
should find a way to develop your spiritual side. This
doesn't necessarily equate to being religious, though if
you are religious it doesn't hurt to hold on to it even
more. But with true spirituality, you are looking at things
on a level higher than obeying commandments or even seeking
'heaven'. With true spirituality you are looking at your
existence in relation to the overall universe and God. Even
atheists can become more spiritual, by partaking in the
things of life that bring an ethereal sense of joy. For
example, going camping and enjoying the beauty of nature is
one way of increasing a person's spirituality. Embarking on
your own personal talents, such as painting or writing is
another way you can get in touch with your
In conclusion, you do not have an easy road ahead when
you are living with ovarian cancer. However, you can
make life more bearable by: talking about your disease with
other women who also have it, partaking in clinical trials
and developing a deeper sense of spirituality in spite of
living with ovarian cancer. These things won't make your
cancer go away, but they may help you find more comfort as
you go through each day.