Reclaiming Her Life
Myers opted for reconstructive surgery (a several-month-long process of expanding the chest muscle before a saline implant can be inserted) and began intensive physical therapy a few days after surgery. She didn’t have chemotherapy or radiation. Myers said she didn’t realize it at the time, but she had slipped into depression. “I didn’t want to leave the house and I couldn’t sleep,” she said.
When Amanda Hidalgo Myers entered the Mrs. Arizona Globe beauty pageant, she wasn’t going for the glory or the hoopla. She went for the spotlight to make a statement about surviving.
“I wanted to prove that women can go through breast cancer and a mastectomy and still look and feel beautiful and feminine,” said Myers, 39, a professional ballerina and pianist, and a licensed private investigator who works as a fraud investigator in the cellular telephone industry. Read more
Few Warning Signs
Like most cancers, the best weapon in battling ovarian cancer is early detection. In fact, if the cancer is diagnosed while still contained within the ovary, 95 percent of women will survive longer than five years with appropriate medical treatment. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of women with ovarian cancer have their cancer detected while it’s still in such an early stage. Read more