Survivors

Sandy Nichols

sandy1My name is Sandy Nichols and on April 29, 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Ovarian Cancer.  I had went in for my annual checkup with my gynecologist and when asked if I was having any special problems I just told them that I had been exceptionally tired lately but did not think much about it. I will be forever grateful to my gynecologist and his staff for taking the extra steps to see if something might be wrong me. They thought it might be a good idea to perform an ultra sound just to check things out. Being a busy person, I almost cancelled this appointment. Thank goodness that I did not because the test showed that I had a mass on my left ovary. My life as I knew it was about to change because that mass was CANCER. sandy3I am the wife of Nickey Nichols who is the Minister for the Bethlehem church of Christ, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, mother of two wonderful daughters and son-in-laws and at this time, the grandmother of one very precious granddaughter. I went from leading an active life to a life of spending my time going back and forth to the doctor for treatments and then due to no energy because of chemo being forced to spend most of last year in the bed. A good friend who had also gone thru cancer told me to just think of the year 2010 as a year off from life and was she ever right. I consider myself as being very lucky and most important blessed by God because my cancer was caught early, I was able to take all of my treatments which were very difficult on my body and I am now in remission. sandy4Following my surgery in April 2010 and prior to beginning my chemo treatments I attended the 2010 BHTP. I was very moved by the Chairman, Eleadrea B. Hayes, “Ovarian Cancer Survival Story” and the Tea Party Event, that I told her that if I survived my cancer I would become involved with this organization. It would become my passion to share my story and to help other women to become more aware of ovarian cancer. This is a silent killer and most of the time women are in stage 3 and 4 before it is even discovered. I did not know any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer nor had I ever even thought about having that type of cancer before being diagnosed. I am now in my second year of being cancer free and my life has been blessed with two more grandchildren, a sweet little boy and another precious baby girl. I am very thankful for my health and for the chance to share my story and help other women become more aware of ovarian cancer, The Silent Killer.