Updated: November 29, 2021 05:37 PM
Created: November 29, 2021 09:22 AM
It's been nearly three years since April Powe noticed something wasn't right. "It was in the winter. I noticed some pressure, some bloating, and it was painful when I pushed on it," she said. Then came the unexpected bleeding.
So she went to her doctor, and an exploratory surgery was next. "That's when he opened me up, and saw I was just full of cancer."
After another surgery, taking it all out, it was more bad news. "It was stage three. Yeah, it was a shock. I was young, and healthy."
Only 38-years-old, the wife and mother of two began the battle with chemotherapy. It was during that time she learned about MOCA, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. "I received a letter about a support group meeting. I went and checked it out."
She's been to a few of those. "It was nice to meet other women who knew what I was going through. To meet other long term survivors was helpful."
Powe has also been to the WDIO studios, to help answer phones during our Trees of Hope phone banks. And she's attended the Light Duluth Teal gala.
These are all ways to stay involved, with an organization that supports survivors and critical research.
In 2021, April is happy to say, she's been in the clear. "No signs of cancer, so all good check-ups."
Which means it's back to traveling, and hiking, and hanging out with family.
A reminder about symptoms: 1) Bloating 2) Pelvic or abdominal pain 3) Urinary symptoms 4) Difficulty eating, feeling full quickly
You can help support MOCA during our Trees of Hope phone banks on Tuesday, at 5, 6, 9, and 10pm.
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