My name is Nora Baran and my daughter, Karlie Baran, is a member of the Washington & Jefferson field hockey team. I am 48 years old and I have Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I was diagnosed in June of 2015 after a trip to the emergency room for stomach pain that I had been complaining of and went to see doctors for, for close to a year. I had 2 ultra sounds and numerous tests performed and they kept telling me it was nothing serious until that fateful day in the oncologist’s office after the emergency room doctor told us something was wrong. When you are told you have cancer the first things that go through your mind are the worst possible thoughts. Am I going to be ok? What about my family? Who will take care of me? All of these things start racing through your mind.
Then the acceptance phase. You start to process it and figure out what to do. Thankfully we sought out a second opinion which confirmed the diagnosis. But the difference was they wanted to act immediately as it was something that had to be dealt with a.s.a.p. This made all the difference and thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and nurses and Dr. Amanda Fader at Johns Hopkins I am on my way to hopefully a full recovery.
Ovarian Cancer is called the silent killer because there are no warnings and there is no screening available so when it is finally diagnosed it is in the latter stages and hard to fight. If you think something is wrong, you know you're body better than anyone, so be persistent and if one doctor doesn't give you the answers, find another until you get the answer you need.