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Sara- Ovarian Cancer

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THE STORY:

I had just become a senior in college when I got sick. For months I was between doctors, with everyone giving me the same excuse, "You're too young to be really sick." Needless to say, after a visit to the emergency room, what was thought to be gallbladder disease turned out to be a 20 pound tumor on my left ovary.

I was sent to Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky. for surgery. On April 3rd, 2013, I awoke to the news that I had ovarian cancer. Since then I've endured 5 rounds of chemo with one to go, biopsies, blood work, and the general sense that the world could crash at any moment. It's the life of a cancer patient, and it's as exhausting. I've lost my precious waist length dark hair, my chance to graduate from university on time, and an overall sense of security.

However, as bitter as all that sounds, it's also been an experience that forced me to see what kind of person I am. It's helped me repair friendships that were abandoned years ago. It's furthered my passion to want to teach. Cancer is hell, and there's no way around that, but if you're lucky to come out as a survivor, you also have to admit it's the best excuse to finally begin your life.

I love writing. It's my main interest, which led me to want to pursue my Ph.D. in Creative Writing. I love travelling with friends, listening to jazz, photography, and dancing (poorly.) I am an avid advocate for LGBT rights and hold a special place in my heart to further women's issues in my home state. Oh, and reading. Who doesn't love a good book?

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