Meet ThriveWell Survivor Maria Gonzales

13 years ago I learned I had cancer. I had ignored the following signs and symptoms:

🔹 Fatigue

🔹 Bloating, I thought I was pregnant 😞

🔹Lower back pain

🔹Irregular periods

I attributed the symptoms to something else even though I had had them for a few months. If only I knew the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer then maybe I wouldn’t have had cancer SIX times!

Women should NOT have to go through what I have gone through. KNOW YOUR body ladies! Know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Men, you too can help with early detection. My dear friend Andy was the one that pushed me to see a doctor. It was our first Monday at work, I decided to go home for a nap rather than lunch with others. I had pain on my side, I wasn’t feeling well. He tattled on me to our principal who gave me a choice, go home and rest or go see a doctor. I went to an urgent care center and the rest is a blur.

Per the Mayo Clinic, “Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.

If you have a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk of ovarian cancer. Your doctor may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss testing for certain gene mutations that increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancers.”

I can’t change my past. I make the best of the life I currently have by helping and educating others. The earlier the stage any cancer is detected, the higher the chances of survival and recurrences. I don’t want to create fear but awareness.

I give thanks to God for giving me strength, hope and an amazing support system.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Know the signs and symptoms. Learn more here.