Jessica's Story & Message:
It was the summer of 2008, I was 17-years-old and enjoying the summer before my senior year of high school. I thought I was on top of the world and nothing could bring me down. Well I was very wrong about that, doctors discovered that I had a tumor on my left ovary. I went in on a Monday to have my tumor removed. The tumor itself was bigger than the size of a softball and had eaten all of my ovarian tissue leaving me with no ovary at all on my left side and it was also a special type of tumor called a teratoma. After Testing they found cancer cells. Once that was found I was put through tons of scans and blood work. I was sent to an oncologist, who made me a case study, and I was also sent to a thyroid doctor who had me tested for thyroid cancer. I was declared cancer free but tested positive for hypothyroidism. I was exhausted all the time and gained weight quickly. At the beginning of my diagnosis I felt terrible. I had no desire to do anything besides sleep, this carried on for about a year. I felt sorry for myself and hated that my body was working against me. After the initial diagnosis and changing my dosage and blood work every 3 months. I finally hit rock bottom, and that's when I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I was ready to make a change. Six years later I am now a fitness instructor, and workout 6 days a week.
I have been tumor and cancer free for almost 7 years, although I have had a few scares that resulted in rounds of scans for thyroid cancer and taking radiation iodine but everything has come back negative. After everything I've been through I know that no matter what, there's no more settling, no more just giving up without even starting. I have dreams of competing in a bikini competition next year and I will not stop until I reach that goal. Nothing is ever out of reach, you just have to find a different way of getting what you desire.