Ohio Moms Post-Menopausal Bleeding Dismissed by Her Doctor But Turned Out To Be Cancer: Im Really Mad At My Gynecologist! – SurvivorNet

Publicist Amy Weirick from Columbus, Ohio, was a decade into menopause when she experienced bleeding last June. Initially dismissed by her doctor, it turned out to be a rare type of ovarian cancer.

I was really mad at my gynecologist and disappointed, like How could you not know this? the wife and mother, age 60, expressed to TODAY. Theres no reason that a woman would bleed after menopause.

Related: Making Treatment ChoicesSurvivorNets Carefully Constructed Resources

It is crucial to know that abnormal bleeding even for pre-menopausal women is often a red flag (no pun intended), and most definitely worth checking out if your periods have stopped. Thankfully, Amy followed her gut that something was very off.

It was very very lucky, not just luck but pluck, that I stayed on it and I didnt just say, Oh well, well just keep an eye on it, Amy said. I dont think ovarian cancer is a good thing to keep an eye onbecause you cant.

Related: Doctors Dismiss Womans Bloating As Gluten Intolerance, Then Find 14-Cm Tumor & Diagnose Her with Stage Two Cancer

The persistent PR prowho describes herself as bossy pants on her Instagram pagewent directly to an oncologist for a second opinion, and is so thankful that she did.

I said, Well, I feel like Im wasting your time if it isnt cancer, and he said, Look my job when a women is bleeding after menopause is to assume its cancer until I prove to myself otherwise. Your job is to just not worry about it and live your life and let me take care of the rest, Amy recalled of her wonderful doctor.

Related: Bride-to-be Endures Pain Worse Than Childbirth After Being Misdiagnosed With IBSIt Was Ovarian Cancer

They found a granulosa tumor, which is luckily a slow-growing cancer, but it can recur, or come back. Its only 1 or 2% of all ovarian cancers, Amy explained. She was diagnosed at stage 1, underwent surgery last September, and is now cancer-free to continue enjoying life and travel with her family.

We can all learn from Amys story, who reminds us that we are the boss of our own bodies, and shouldnt hesitate to direct our doctors when we feel something is off.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be subtle, which is one reason why so many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Amy was extremely lucky that she showed symptomsin her case, bleeding, and the fact that she was diagnosed at stage 1.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Can Be Hard to Spot

Dr. Kimberly Resnick, gynecologic oncologist at MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio told SurvivorNet that the disease is often referred to as the sleeping lion.

Its hard, because 75% of women who walk into our office with ovarian cancer, unfortunately, are going to walk in with advanced stage disease, Dr. Resnick said.

Many of the symptoms women experience mimic those that we experience in everyday life, and that can be attributed to any number of other conditions or health problems. Thats why its so important for women to be on the lookout for common symptoms like these:

The majority of women with ovarian cancer complain of feeling early satiety, which essentially means that they quickly begin to feel full when eating a meal. Nausea, vomiting, and bloating are also commonly reported by patients. Its not uncommon for me to ask a patient if her pants still fit her and she states that theyre not fitting; that shes gone to an elastic waistband, Dr. Resnick said.

Women may also notice that they are gaining weight in their abdomen, even though they are losing weight in their face and neck. And they may find that their legs are getting extremely swollen. Other common signs include pain, and possibly changes in bathroom habits.

These symptoms have all been reported by patients who come to the clinic and are subsequently diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer.

Unlike many other types of cancer, there are also no routine screening tests for ovarian cancer, which is why it is vital to be highly self-aware and pay attention to your bodys signals.

In fact, the most valuable thing that Dr. Resnick tells a patient is to be an advocate for yourself and trust your body. You know your body better than anyone does, and better than any physician will probably ever know, she says. So trust your body and listen to your symptoms.

You Are Your Own Best AdvocateRecognizing the Subtle Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

If your symptoms have persisted for more than a week, see your doctor. And if your doctor isnt taking your symptoms seriously or cant find a cause for them, you have the right to seek out asecond opinion. Keep pushing for a diagnosis until you get one that adequately addresses your symptoms.

Be an advocate like Amy!

Learn more about SurvivorNet's rigorous medical review process.

Read the original here:
Ohio Moms Post-Menopausal Bleeding Dismissed by Her Doctor But Turned Out To Be Cancer: Im Really Mad At My Gynecologist! - SurvivorNet

Related Post

Comments are closed.