Young Adult Survivor - Alexandra Koch

Diagnosis
Ovarian Cancer
Date of Last Treatment
April 4, 2014
Cancer-Fighting Motto
Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.

I struggled with back pain and migraines since I was 13 years old. My primary care doctor offered no solution aside from taking Advil. But I always knew it was something more. When I was 22, we finally found out what was causing me pain for almost 10 years.

I went to my primary care doctor due to a severe migraine and a pinching pain in my stomach. I was told it was most likely kidney stones and was sent for a CT scan. A 30 centimeter mass was found on my ovary. 

I was told I needed surgery to remove the ovarian tumor and would probably need a total hysterectomy. At 22, this was heartbreaking to hear. I wanted to have kids. I scheduled surgery the following Monday.

The surgery took about eight hours. I awoke to find out that they only needed to remove my right ovary and fallopian tube and some lymph nodes, and the mass (6 lbs) was sent to pathology. The next day, I was told I had ovarian cancer

I would receive BEP chemotherapy three days a week, every three weeks. Chemo started exactly one week before Christmas. The first day, I was there for about ten hours but only felt sleepy. It wasn’t until the third day that I felt really nauseous. My family was so supportive. I was never alone during chemo and had someone there with me every day, even if it meant just sitting in silence while I slept. Unfortunately I could not kick the nausea. We tried every medication, we even tried motion sickness pills and patches! I spent pretty much every day of chemo and that next week lying on the bathroom floor. 

I ended up receiving eight total rounds of chemo because my cancer marker numbers were not going down as quickly as they had thought. Finally, April 14, 2014, after an MRI, I received the news that there were no signs of cancer!

My experience with cancer has helped to make more conscious decisions about my health. Two months after hearing that I was cancer free, I completed my first ever 5k! I also got a puppy and we go for daily walks. And this year, I am doing The Ride For Roswell! I am so excited to be a part of such an awesome event, and I look forward to riding for many years to come.