Trish - 12/9/2012
Dearest Darcel - so glad to hear you are doing Christmas cookies today & got your nails done too - very cute. I made 4 batches of Grammy's fudge - chocolate, peanut butter, peppermint & orange liquer! the last 2 are my versions but I'll take some to Grammy tomorrow & get her opinion - xoxo
Jenny - 10/16/2012
We want to see pictures of Josie for Halloween!!!!
Aunt Trisha - 7/26/2012
"#27 of glamour magazine's 30 things every woman should know & should have before she turns 30: that nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs & not flossing for very long."
Aunt Trisha - 7/3/2012
"7 glamour magazine's 30 things every woman should have & should know by the time she is 30: the realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- & the money set aside to fund it."
Alisha - 5/16/2012
Sending many prayers your way. You're a strong woman. God Bless
Aunt Nini - 4/12/2012
You are beautiful with hair and without hair, with those big huckleberry blue eyes. Hang in there sweet heart. See you soon!
Aunt Max - 4/3/2012
Just dropping a line to say how much I love you!!!
Dor and Bern - 1/1/2012
Darc, We are so proud of you and if anyone could or would beat this thing it would be you. Lets all look forward to a really great 2012 and know we love you and are always there for you,all we need is a phone call or telephaty.(sp?)
Deb - 10/3/2011
I had chemo today at Magee (wonderful) and Lori (who is awesome) told me about your website and how inspiring you and Mike are. I really was uplifted reading everything on your blog especially since I am having a rough time with the IP cisplatin. Thanks for the encouragement when I needed it! Love the motto, "Won't let this beat me!" :)
Your Chemo Nurse-Lori - 7/3/2011
Darcel, I can't believe that it's been 1 year already since you first walked into the treatment room at Magee Women's Cancer Center. You appeared calm but I could tell you were hiding your anxiety well. I knew that you were not going to be a CHEMO WHIMP and were going to take whatever was dealt to you and fight it w/ whatever you got. I remember your amazement at having the port needles placed for the first time and saw how the chemo was administered. You thought it was the neatest thing ever. I remember being impressed at for how such a young woman the courage, strength, and determination you have shown dealing w/ your diagnosis, chemo treatment, side effects, disappointing news of counts being low and treatment delays. But you really didn't LET IT BEAT YOU! (MELT DOWNS,WHAT MELT DOWNS)?? I remember all the support you had from your family to your great friends that took the time to ride you to your treatments and sit w/ you(unfortunately not everyone has that) Mostly, I remember your great husband that has supported you through this year. Guys that have been married for 10, 20, 30+ yrs need to take lessons from Mike. He is one CLASS ACT!!! God Bless you both!! Darcel, I wish you continued good health. You are an inspiration!!
Aunt Nini - 6/30/2011
Yes I do remember THAT day. Such a scary date that is embedded in people's minds that love you. I enjoyed reading your latest blog and I am so proud of how you tackled this horrible disease. You are the one that truly made it easier for those of us that love you to hang in there with you. Your sense of humor and tenacity to beat the big C made it possible. You will always be a Warrior Princess to me and we need to set a date to get "inked"! Love you bunches!
Aunt Nini - 6/9/2011
Dear Warrior Princess, Awesome news on your scan and CA125!!! You did it!!! You are truly courageous and amazing. Good things happen to those that wait and fight. Keep good thoughts in your head and a smile on your face and the rest of life will follow. Love you kiddo
Brian Gahagen - 6/8/2011
How can the words cancer survivor not move a person to tears of happiness? God Bless.
Gay - 6/8/2011
Great news Darcel! In some ways, moving on from treatment is actually the most difficult part. You've been strong so I know you can do it. Enjoy he summer!
Aunt Max - 6/8/2011
Congratulations on the good news! You are such an inspiration to us all! You are a very strong young woman and I am extremely proud of you! Love you bunches!!
Caro; - 6/7/2011
You are amazing. I am so happy for you and Mike. Talk to ya at work next week. Will probably get tire of seeing us so much. LOL. Congrats to ya girl.
Lee Ann Perry - 5/17/2011
Darcel, You are amazing and sooo strong and wonderful. I pray that the reflexology will help and give you some relief. Have not taken this sweatshirt off in days!!Promised myself to wash it tomorrow. Hope your visit with your family was sweet. You are forever a part of my prayers and my heart. Love, Lee Ann
Aunt Nini - 4/20/2011
Love seeing your bright and shiny face on the website. You are looking stronger and more beautiful every day. Your sharing of your experience is helping women all over the world. You have won your battle Warrior Princess. Keep smiling and keep getting stronger. Love ya
Dan - 3/20/2011
I can't wait to see you in June! You'll get to meet Spencer!
Cousin Deanna - 3/1/2011
Darcel, So glad your chemo is over. Things will only go up from here! You are a brave and strong young woman. I pray for you every day and think of you often.
Mickey and Sheila Moses - 2/27/2011
Darcel: Sheila and I are so happy that your treatment and response has been successful. Our best wishes go to you and Mike always. Remember...."Whatever it takes!" Both of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good fight..one day at a time. The support given to us as cancer survivors, as well as your wonderful attitude and courage, give us the will to survive and overcome.
Shannon - 2/24/2011
YOU BEAT IT!!!!!!!!!!! Again, I am so totally proud of you. The hair is awsome!!!!! Can not wait for you to come back to work, we miss you sooooooo much. I did not tell Hunter that you are coming to his party, so it will be a little suprise for him--I bet that he will be really excited. Hope to see you soon. Keep up the good work. YOU FOUGHT LIKE A GIRL AND YOU.......WON!!!!!!WAY TO GO
Mom - 2/14/2011
Thank you Leeanna Latuch from Baer Tax Service. A donation was made per your request to this web site.
Troy Holby - 2/14/2011
We have never met but I work with your father. It's great to learn that you have responded well to medical treatments and everything seems to be going your way! I will continue to keep you in my daily prayers. BTW: I found your website very interesting and educational.
Mandy Blackburn - 1/14/2011
I am just a little behind on this. I am one of the student you spoke to at Allegany College. I just wanted to thank you for your courage. I purchased one of your t-shirts and wear it all the time. You would not believe the amount of strangers that stop me and ask about it. I have had so many people tell me that they are going to check out your site. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I just wanted to say keep up all of you great work. So glad that your chemo is complete. Praying for you every day.
Lyn - 1/13/2011
Just discovered your site today through the OVA1 page on Facebook. Read your blogs with great interest as our timelines for discovery and treatment were similar, though yours was a tougher road than mine - I only had to have 6 chemos, and only once every 3 weeks, and all only IV, none IP. Can't even imagine having to do as many as you did as often as you did! Just wanted to say that I'm amazed by your poise and grace and inspired by your attitude and courage. Hope all continues to go well for you. Peace*Love*Cure <3
Jenny Damin - 1/12/2011
Congratulations on your fabulous doctor’s report today! : )
Shannon - 1/6/2011
HURRAY for the last treatment. WAY TO GO DARC. I again can not tell you how proud of you I am. Hunter looks at your picture on the fridge and says that is Darc and she is going to get better. You even have kids cheering you on. You are through the toughest part, so breathe a little. Still in our thoughts and prayers. Not that you do not know this, but you have a wonderful husband and family and friends. Keep fighting and you WERE right---YOU WILL BEAT THIS:)
Clara Hinton - 1/5/2011
Jumping for joy with you over receiving your last treatment!!! 2011 is going to be an AMAZING year for you!!! PS Everybody needs an Aunt Trish. How blessed you must feel to have her in your life!
Dor and Bern - 12/30/2010
Well this is the 2nd time im doing this. Dont know what happenned before but again we are so proud of you and you are just kicking ass and just keep doing that. Happy New Year - Love U
Your Husband - 12/30/2010
I so proud of you for the way you've handled everything that life has thrown at you in the last 6 months. I'm so blessed to be able to call you my wife. Here's to a much better 2011. I love you.
Shannon - 12/29/2010
Oh, yeah, the Christmas picture that you and Mike took is TOTALLY adorable and Hunter loves it. It is hanging on the fridge and Hunter looks at it alot. See you soon.
Shannon - 12/29/2010
Still looking good babe. I am sooo totally excited that you are almost done with treatments. You did sooo well and I can not tell you enough how totally proud of you i am. I am continuing to pray for you to heal and for strength to see this through. I had alot of fun when we made the cookies. See you soon and have a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR's---this year WILL be better:) Keep fighting and you were right all along-----YOU WILL BEAT THIS
Michelle Saylor - 12/18/2010
So glad you are almost finsihed with your treatments!!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. God Bless you!
Aunt Nini - 12/15/2010
Hey Darc, haven't talked to you in a while. So glad you are down to 3 treatments left....amazing. I am so thankful that you have the group of friends that you do. Not to mention your family there in City. Christmas has a whole new meaning to me. I love you so very much and you never cease to amaze me. You are very strong and amazing woman. Please take care 3 more treatments to go. Hang tough Warrior Princess. Love you
Clara Hinton - 12/11/2010
OOPS! I messed up....only 4 more treatments to go! YAY!!!!! You're almost there! You've about got this done, and that is AWESOME! It's going to be a brand new, wonderful year for you!!!! Prayers continue....
Clara Hinton - 12/8/2010
Darcel, YAY! So glad you have another treatment down! Only 5 more to go, and that is AWESOME! I'm still standing on the sidelines cheering your on! You're doing it!!!!
Shannon - 12/3/2010
Heard that Turkey Day went well. I am glad that you we able to get your treatment this week. We REALLY miss you. Can't wait to see you again. You are doing SOOOO well and we are SOOOOOO PROUD of you. Keep you head up and keep going. YOU CAN BEAT THIS. LOTS OF LOVE P.S. Still sorry for shocking you in the head
Cheyenne - 12/2/2010
Hey Darcel, This is Cheyenne Dean. You spoke to my class at allegany college of maryland and i shared with you my story of having sever polycystics and that the next day i was going for my trimonthy exam. I just wanted to let you know everything went great and everything is still under control! I want to thank you again for your story helps me to not be afraid of what could happen to me at any given second. Thank you so much <3
Dan - 12/2/2010
Congrats on your latest treatment! Five more to go! You're doing so great and I am so excited to see you over Christmas! That's a lot of exclamation points!
Aunt Nini - 11/18/2010
Dear Darc. Glad to hear treatment 12 is under your belt. You continually amaze me with your positive attitude. I love you always and think of you constantly. Please rest up for next week. Hang in there Princess Warrior!
Tanisha - 11/15/2010
I was in Pfr. Tunings class for your speech. It was a great speech :). When I was 15 I had a Tumor on my right ovary the size of a small soccer ball it was benign.. When you were saying how your CA-125 was 500, mine was 200. It was a crazy time and you were very insipirational. Even though I didnt have cancer it was still comforting, I always fear I will lose my last ovary. I just wanted to thank you for speaking in our class :)..
Shanna - 11/12/2010
Hi darc just wanted you to know that uncle clyde and i love you very much and you are always in our prayers..You will do great at the college when you give your speech....
Cousin Deanna - 11/11/2010
Darcel, I am so glad that you have a positive attitude, because that will be the key to beat all of this. I pray for you every night and I know the Lord never gives us more than we can handle. HE will see you through to the glorious victory. I follow your blog and am so glad you have such a wonderful support network. We all send our love (Nancy, too) from Wisconsin.
Jo Ann Kimmick - 11/6/2010
Hi again Darcel! I last posted on your site while sitting in my sister Sandi's hospital room in Wisconsin. Sandi is a spunky gal who just began her journey to rid herself of the Stage IIIc Ovarian Cancer keeping her up at night. She will be getting her 2nd or 6 treatments on Monday. You can follow her blog if you like. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sandibrandon/guestbook/2 Hang in there kiddo and keep you chin up! You CAN beat this.
Grammy - 11/4/2010
Glad to see you are doing so well - keep up the good work. It won't beat you. I'll call you tomorrow. Love you. Grammy P.S. You & Lindsey have matching chickie fuzz - love it !
Shannon - 11/4/2010
Heard that treatment 10 happened.......YEA:) We are all so glad that you were able to get your treatment this week. When you are upset about not getting a treatment; we get upset too--it affects us more than you know. Keep your head up, you look wonderful. Keep figthing....see you soon
Aunt Nini - 10/28/2010
Sorry to hear about the set back. It is out of your hands sweetie, but keep your chin up. You have blown through most of your treatments so you have done quite well. Think healthy thoughts and don't get near any germ bags... Try watching some funny movies. Laughter is the best medicine. Love you Warrior Princess.
Clara - 10/28/2010
Darcel, I'm really sorry about your counts being too low for another treatment this week. BUT, you are still well on your way to beating this, and I'm betting that next week you will be ready to tackle the next treatment. You WILL beat this!!!
Kris Kreger - 10/26/2010
Hope your feeling stronger this week. I'm thinking of you! Your the most amazing young woman I have ever met!
Clara - 10/21/2010
Darcel, Just stopping by to say "hi"! So glad to hear that positive attitude of yours still ready, willing, and able to kick OVC's butt! You're doing it!!!!
AZ friend of Aunt Tish- Susan - 10/17/2010
Aunt Tish shared your cause with me and it is just in time to help a close friend of mine. You are amazing and thank you for your strengh and courage!!
Denise - 10/14/2010
Darcel, I just listened to your broadcast today. Such an amazingly positive attitude... and it will carry you through this. I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary next month from my diagnosis with OVCA IIIc. I was also treated in Pittsburgh but well before the IP treatment was common place. Never let go of the hope. Please join us for our Walk to Beat the Silence of Ovarian Cancer each September in North Park, PA. My prayer are with you.
Barbara Knecht - 10/13/2010
I don't think we ever met, but your husband is my IT guy and my neice (Lauren) was your college roommate. Mike stopped by today to work on some networking, and we talked for quite awhile about your fight. Darcel, your story is amazing! How wonderful of you to share it here for others! Keep on fighting! You won't let this beat you!
Dan - 10/13/2010
Half way there! I got my money saved up for both Fuji and Disney World, so bring it on!
Jo Ann Kimmick - 10/12/2010
Dear Miss Darcel, I am sitting in a hospital room in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with my beautiful sister Sandi. Sandi was just diagnosed with Stage IIIc Ovarian Cancer. A high school friend from Conemaugh sent your site to me and I feel like your wrote the script for what Sandi has been sharing with us. She is ready to fight and wants the port and chemotherapy started yesterday. I am going to share your site with her and maybe you two could chat. Thanks for your website and "don't let this beat you!!!!!
Clara - 10/11/2010
Fantastic radio interview, Darcel! You're doing an amazing job educating others. So glad your treatments are soon going to be in the single digits, too!!!
Kim - 10/9/2010
I just think that you are doing an amazing job. I am 43 years old an I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer last year 2009. I am doing the best to be positive but some times it is hard and when I hear some one like you talking it puts me in a better place. So thank you and God bless I will keep you in my prayers.
Aunt Nini - 10/9/2010
I just finished listening to your broadcast. Once again you are an amazing warrior Princess. It was so good to hear your voice. You were very articulate, gracious and informative. I believe you touched many young women out there to be more proactive in their health Darc. You are doing something wonderful for many women. Love you!
Buff - 10/8/2010
Darc. I just listend to your radio interview! I wish I would've known sooner about that! You sounded AMAZING. I am sure you have touched many more than you thought that you may have. VERY informative & positive. You should consider yourself a hero! I'm so sorry we didn't get to chat much at Fall Foliage. I'll see you at your party! Love you & keep it up. You inspire so many!! Love ya! Oh, and our office is doing a donation fund for just your website....I think next month. I'll collect the money. I may need to order shirts & bracelets too. I'll collect & give you guys the check! I'll do it in advance.......so so so proud of you!
Cori Rigo - 10/8/2010
Hey buddy!!! I absolutely LOVED your radio broadcast. You were amazing! I was so impressed with how well you spoke!! We love you Darc and wish you nothing but the best!!! I'm blessed to have such a fantastic friend like you!!!!
Millie Evano - 10/8/2010
Darcel. What an amazing radio broadcast. You are doing so much to help others. Your optimism and openness are amazing and quite an inspiration to others. Stay strong.
Cousin Melinda - 10/8/2010
Darcel, you were wonderful on the radio broadcast last night -- you are doing so much to help others. If we could only make CA-125 screening a part of every woman's annual exam!!! Your strength is an example to all in the face of adversity. In your words, "Keep Your Head High". "Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself." Chin-Ning Chu
Shannon - 10/7/2010
Hey Buddy, You are looking good. I can not wait to see you again. I really miss you. I think about you alot. I tell eveyone that I know and everyone that I do not know, how proud I am of you. DO NOT GIVE UP--praying for you. You are on many prayer lists as well. I LOVE the hair--it does look really good and you were so worried about it. Gotta go do some work-so I will talk to you later. See you soon. Love Ya, stay strong and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL.
Clara - 10/5/2010
Hi, Darcel! I love reading the honesty in your blogs! Without even realizing it, you're encouraging and educating so many others who must face chemo. I sure am glad you've finally been able to sleep! :) And, YAY for having treatment #7 under the belt!
Aunt Nini - 9/25/2010
I saw this cool Irish blessing and thought of you. May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now And bless you evermore. Love you Darc and just wanted you to know I am always thinking of you!
Judy - 9/22/2010
Hi Darcel,,, I sat across from you in treatment at Magee... You gave me your card with web site,, so I just finished looking it over...Very well done... it looks like you have a great support team,, that's great...Hope to see you soon,,, keep up the good work and stick by your words...
Ursh - Yellowknife Canada - 9/20/2010
Just want to say- You GLOW girl!!! I love your blog and take my hat off to you for doing all that you are doing! (I CAN take my hat off coz I have hair again! LOL! Fellow fighter!) Love bubbles and blessings Ursh
Mom - 9/20/2010
I Love You!
Erin - 9/19/2010
Hi Darcel, you don't know me, but someone posted your blog on the www.inspire.com website (which, btw, is a great website for those of us with ovarian cancer). I was diagnosed last September at age 38 with stage 3A, and it devastated me. But life goes on, and if life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Which is exactly what you have done. Your blog, and your attitude, are an inspiration to us all. Great job, and thanks!
Aunt Nini - 9/16/2010
Hang in there my little "Warrior Princess". I think of you daily and hoping you have peaceful and healing thoughts. Love you.
Stacey - 9/16/2010
Hello Darcel, I am reading your blog for the first time, but I am all to familiar with your fight with this disease. I am two years out from diagnosis and doing well. Keep your wonderful attitude and know that your "sisters" in this fight are pulling for you! Take care and keep fighting.........Stacey
Ashley H - 9/14/2010
You are an inspiration! I'm married to Hinton and have heard of your journey through Clara. Hope all goes well for you this week. I will say a special prayer for you.
Cousin Melinda - 9/14/2010
Dear Darcel, You've never met me, but your husband, Mike, is my cousin, once removed. Your husband's Dad and his sister, Nancy Beirne, are my first cousins. My Uncle Ed and Aunt Nan were your husband's grandparents. I fight fiercely for my family and you are a part of my family. You are a very brave and strong woman -- I have immense respect for you. Ever since Nancy told me about your battle with ovarian cancer (and sent me the link to your website), I have been following your blog and thinking about you. If you ever need me for anything, I am here. With love, Aunt Melinda
Bootyjig5 - 9/13/2010
Hi Darcel...just wondering if you made it to the walk yesterday. My silly sisters, my best friend of 27 years, my youngest baby girl and myself all walked the 5 miles. We were the Dod Squad. And even tho my legs were yelling "WHAT THE HELL??" when I woke up this morning, every step was worth it. it was a wonderful day and it kinda planted a seed in my brain that I would maybe...JUST MAYBE...try to get a fundraiser going for around the Johnstown area... maybe. I would love to hold a dance. Well have a great day. By the way, nice haircuts. When my sister lost all her hair I painted a huge Steeler Logo on her head...it was pretty awesome!!!
Kimberly - 9/10/2010
Saw your article in the paper and logged in today. I read your blog and wanted to share that I have said something very similar to you.... I was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago. Although it was a terrible situation, I felt very happy and peaceful. It was an experience that made very positive changes in my life. Also, I am a true believer that your attitude can dramatically alter your healing. God bless you.
Brian & Yvonne - 9/9/2010
Wishing you a very happy birthday! Just read your article and we'll be saying some extra prayers for you! You can beat this! Hugs!!!
Val - 9/8/2010
Just wanted to let you know you are in my prayers. You are such an inspiration! May God Bless you. I faced a similiar situation to yours 5 years ago, (but I am (almost, hee hee) twice your age)and to this day I am doing great! Thanks to early detection and awesome doctors. I know you will beat this thing you have an amazing outlook and that is half the battle. Go Girl!!!!!
dad 9/8/10 - 9/8/2010
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY" Love you - lots more to come.
Pam M. - 9/7/2010
Hi Darcel, the newspaper article was great. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Drew_and_mandy - 9/6/2010
Vince - 9/4/2010
Darc, The article was awesome. I'm loving the smile on your face. You keep fighting. The finish line is closer than it seems. Vince
Dave(aka The Big Wiggle) - 9/3/2010
I have followed every step of your treatment and am thrilled you are doing so well. Your attitude and commitment to beat this diesease is inspiring. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers until you are, once again, completely healthy.
amy briskey - 9/3/2010
you are one amazing person. I wish you the best and you keep on smiling . You will be this just because of the positive attitude you possess.
Buff - 9/3/2010
Have I told you how amazing you are?? Truely Darc....you make me smile with everyday you keep positive! Keep it up honey!
Aunt Nini - 9/2/2010
Hey Darc, I know this sounds corny, but you look so beautiful in the newest pic. Your eyes are alive and sparkling and even if you were bald...you would still be beautiful. You always were smart and bubbly, but you seem to have a calm fierceness about you. I love it! Keep up the good work. You are amazing.
Clara - 9/2/2010
Hey, Darcel! I just read your blog....so glad that another treatment is under the belt! Your attitude it awesome, and I absolutely love what you said about finding yourself. Just in case I haven't said it before...you rock!
Clara H. - 8/31/2010
Hi, Darcel! Just stopping by to say "hi" and to let you know that this old lady (me) is thinking about you bunches! I brag you up to everyone I talk to!!! You are a woman of strength!! I'm hoping this is a great day for you!!!!
Shannon - 8/31/2010
Hey Buddy, Just wanted to say Hi. We miss you at work. Yes, I am writing this while I am at work and you know what I would say to them if they yelled:) I am SOOOOOOO proud of you. You are an amazing inspiration to every human being; cancer or no cancer. Hunter has been talking about you a lot. Think I will bring him down soon one day to see you. He wore his bracelet to daycare one day and he told his friends that his bracelet was for Darcel and it means that she is sick and he hopes that she gets better. Aunt Trish's quotes are really good. Keep your head high and know that your team here are all rooting for you. FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!!! See you soon and even if you lose your hair, I will still LOVE you. Love ya and take care--see you soon.
Aunt Nini - 8/27/2010
Hey you! Love the new picture. You look awesome by the way. Just wanted you to know that I am glad you have your second treatment under your belt. You truly are a warrior! Been thinking of you and love you very much. Hang in there kiddo.
Brian Gahagen - 8/27/2010
Glad your doing so well...You and Mike are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol - 8/26/2010
You look amazing in that pic. Glad to hear you're feeling okay. Love the updates.
Dan - 8/26/2010
Scrabble Slam is awesome. My family plays that at Christmas.
Ann Marie Gavell - 8/23/2010
Hi Darcel! I just wanted to give you a few words of support. My mom was diagnosed with stage IIIB granulosa cell ovarian cancer in 1988. She had to have a full hysterectomy and chemo, but she was fine. For 10 years. In 1998, the cancer returned, this time with fistulas that required her to eventually have a colostomy and a urostomy. It was a terrible time for my family, yet through it all, none of us ever gave up hope. Never. I always knew my mother would get better and so did she. As I have read so many others here say, a positive attitude really does make a difference. She recovered and was back to her old self within months of MAJOR reconstructive surgery. It is wonderful that you have such a great husband who has stood by you through this and such loving and supporting family and friends. My dad was a rock for my mom when she really needed it. Please stay strong and have faith. If you ever get bored or need someone to talk with or just complain to, please feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn - 8/23/2010
Darcel, I have a google search running on ovarian cancer and came across your story and this page that way. I am 46 and was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in early December. My ca125 was 1490! I've been getting chemo since the beginning of January. The ca125 has plateaued in the 77-88 range, but my oncologist continues to see progress visually in my CT scans so I'm still getting small doses of just one drug, taxol, every week. My attitude is similar to yours. I expect to beat this and I am willing to do anything in my power to make it so. For me, the chemo hasn't been that bad at all. Compared to recovering from the surgery, it was a breeze. Some of the side effects were worse at the beginning and have gotten better. I also learned how to deal with the post chemo things like changes in taste. (I drank San Pellegrino lemon or orange when water tasted terrible. I also found those things that tasted okay to me like Wheat Thins and rice pudding.) Sending good wishes your way!
Annette Mattern - 8/23/2010
Hi, Darcel. Just thinking about you and wanted to check in. One thing that I visualize while in chemo is that the drugs are sanitizing my body, cleansing it of the dangerous and damaged cells. I think of it as a purification process and meditate about the renewal my body is going through. I am so proud of you for your spirit of survival. love, Annette
Roxie Merino - 8/23/2010
Darcel, I am on Ov Ca survivor originally from Hooversville now retired in Florida. I was diagnosed 8/06 with stage 1C clear cell and had 6 cycles of taxol/carboplatin. I have been in remission since then. Hang in...you will beat this. I send all good healing thoughts and prayers your way. God Bless all you are doing. We Western Pa. girls are tough!!
David Wallis - 8/20/2010
Hi Darcel, I hope your having a good day! You probably never knew this, but about 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with non-seminoma germ cell carcinoma, which basically means I had testicular cancer in my chest. The doctors told me that only 2 percent of all testicular cancer were germ cell tumors and of that 2 percent, only 1.5 percent were the non-seminoma. Despite those odds, I always had a positive attitude and never gave up. I was on chemotherapy from Labor Day 2006 to the middle of November 2006. The tumor was so big the chemo wasn't working as well as they had hoped. So, they took me off chemo and decided I would need surgery to cut the tumor out of my chest. I had the surgery at Magee Womens Hospital 2 days after Christmas 2006, and everything was a success. The tumor was the size of a football when it was all pieced together in pathology. The people at Magee Womens Hospital are wonderful! I know this is going to be an extremely tough fight for you, but I also know since I have been there that you can do it. You will have many good days and many bad days, but don't let the bad days get you down. Keep that positive attitude no matter what happens or what they tell you. If you believe, everything is possible. I will be praying for you and your family. I have been cancer-free for almost 4 years now. Someday, you will be able to say the same. BTW - Joey is doing wonderful now. He's still not talking a whole lot, but he'll start the 5th grade on Wednesday. If a non-verbal autistic child can make it through the things he has had to deal with in his life, then I know you will be able to make it through this as well.
Debbie Stevens - 8/20/2010
G'day Darcel...Well, what to say to someone as amazing as yourself?? I have read your story, and just want you to know that I may be many miles away, but you have my utmost respect and support! God bless you, and keep on with that truly courageous fighting spirit, your testimony will indeed do wonders for so many others in similar circumstance.
Aunt Nini - 8/19/2010
Hope you are resting well this evening. Just wanted you to know I was thinking about you this evening and reading some of the beautiful, courageous words from some people that are fighting the same battle you are. You all are amazing women and I think you and Mike are doing a wonderful job of spreading the news to get some early detection.
Jess - 8/19/2010
Hi Darc, Today was an awesome day. I hope there was a lot of money raised for your medical needs and OCR. You are truly a wonderful and encouraging woman. I am so glad that I know you. Anyone that hits this site will now how you are a fighter and an AMAZING person. Keep strong we think and pray for you all of the time. I say a prayer every night for you and all people with cancer. My father was diagnosed with leukemia about 4 months ago. FIGHT ON!!!
Rocky Rees - 8/19/2010
Darcel, heard about your challenge and had to drop you a line of support. I am confident that you are the one that will win this. Attitude, confidence and will power will see you through. After all you are a Red Raider. I will pray God eases your burden and allows us all to enjoy you for many years. Coach
Sandy - 8/19/10 - 8/19/2010
Hi DARCEL!!! Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. You are not alone in the fight against Ovarian Cancer. August 13 of last year I began my battle. The tumor was removed, port inserted and chemo started in September. It was scary. I had tons of love and support from family and friends. My family has been awesome....they are constantly encouraging me and showering me with never ending love. Chemo was a scary experience...but, we made it through. When my hair began to fall out, both my husband and I shaved our heads(now that was support). The wig thing didn't really work for me....strangers would pretend they didn't see me and friends/family treated me no differently without hair. The head just gets a little cold at times. The hair has come back thicker, softer and CURLY !!! Please know that God is watching over you and in the months to come you will cross paths with many angels. Stay positive, fight hard !! God Bless
Elisabeth - 8/19/2010
Hi Darcel, Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in this fight. I too, have ovarian cancer, Stage 3C and it was a complete shock. I had a complete hysterectomy along with major bowel resecturing and also had two ports, IV and IP. I went through 6 months of Taxol and Carboplatin chemo infusions every 3.5 weeks in the hospital with lots of hydrations. I am here today to let you know ...YOU CAN DO IT!!!! You will meet 'angels' along the way that will help you along. Help will find you from all aspects of your life and you must believe that. My Ca-125 count was a whopping 4170 and I finally got it down to 35 after chemo was finished. To date, I have had two PET/CT scans, three CT's scans, and 2 chest X-rays that show NED (no evidence of disease). I lost all my hair but it has come back and in thicker than before. I suggest once it starts coming out to just go ahead and take the rest off with it. Down the road, your hair will not mean as much to you as you thought and you might even like it better when it comes back in. Although all my scans are clear, my CA-125 keeps climbing back up, almost doubling every blood check. I am now on my second regimen of chemo; this time gemzar, carboplatin, and avastin. I am in the early stages right now with it but am VERY HOPEFUL. Attitude is everything and you CAN and WILL BEAT THIS. Thanks for fighting the fight along with me. WE CAN BEAT THIS! Best of luck and love....
Mike L - 8/19/2010
Go get 'em Darcy. Good luck to you and Mike.
Dave B. - 8/19/2010
I say a Special Thanks to the Lord Above and Prayers that make YOU STRONG.The LORD IS WITH YOU. I will keep you in my PRAYERS. Love in CHRIST. Dave B.
Dan - 8/19/2010
Darc, your new photo puts such a big smile on my face because of your attitude toward this. I can't wait to give you a big hug when I see you next!
Darcel & Mike - 8/19/2010
Hey Darcel: Joyce, Nancy and I from Adult Probation PST want to let you know we are continually thinking and praying for you and Mike. Hang in there!! Shelley
Buff - 8/18/2010
Thought of you all day today. Hope the first round went ok. And, don't you worry about losing your hair. That will grow back. If people look at you differntly..then you know what to tell them! You are beautiful NO MATTER what! Mwwwahh!
Carol - 8/18/2010
Thinking positive thoughts for you today Darc. Can't wait to see you when you get home.
Vince - 8/18/2010
Go get it Darcel. Good health, that is. Haven't been around for a little while but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinkin' of you and Mike. Take care both of you!
Aunt Nini - 8/17/2010
As a famous cowboy used to say, "Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway." ~John Wayne. Thinking of you and thinking courageous and calming thoughts your way. Let's kick this cancer's butt! Love you!
Jamee Boozer - 8/16/2010
I was reading some info on the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) website. It may be a good place to promote your website to get the word out to thousands of young women. The more awareness, the better, right? We're praying for you.
Ceara - 8/16/2010
My shirt came in the mail! I absolutely love it! I will rock it with pride. Im so proud of you. You should smile... You're unbelievably beautiful and Im glad to say I know you.
Dan - 8/16/2010
Hey Darc. Just hoping you're having a good day. :)
Dawn - 8/16/2010
Darcel..your story is a fantastic one. My sister was diagnosed in Oct of 2008...because of her I myself was tested and altho I did not have OC I still had a complete hysterectomy because of endometriosis. My neice came apon your site and the lik about the walk in Pitts on sept 12th. Now our whole family is walking (we're from Johnstown, but my sister doctors in Pitts) Your strong spirit is what all woman with OC have!!!This walk will be unforgetable and hope to see you walking as well!!! BTW...I love the comments from Aunt Trish!!
Annette Mattern - 8/14/2010
Hi, Darcel. Your aunt Trish contacted me because you're reading my book. I'm so honored that you let me come with you on this journey. Please know that attitude is a powerful weapon in your arsenal and it will give you great strength. I'm happy to help you in any way I can. If you want to contact me directly, my email is email@example.com. And thank you for donating to OCNA. It will help us reach more women with life-saving information about ovca. Best, Annette
Aunt Nini - 8/12/2010
Ok....I meant Keep your chin UP. See made you laugh. Love you hon.
Aunt Nini - 8/12/2010
Darcel, please give yourself time. Time to heal, time to cry (but just for a little while). Save your energy to laugh. Watch some funny movies, sip a little wine, cuddle with your hubby and your doggie. Laugh, laugh, laugh and laugh. Keep your chin, your pretty blue eyes laughing and that beautiful smile. Love you chica!
Aunt Max - 8/12/2010
Darcel I know you you are on an emotional roller coaster right now, but you made a commitment that you WON'T let this beat you. You WILL beat this, and don't you EVER give up! I will be with you every step of the way! I love you dearly.
Kelly and Karl Jablon - 8/12/2010
Darcel, you are such an inspiration to everyone with your positive outlook and strong will. You are in our thoughts and prayers...take care
Michelle Saylor - 8/12/2010
Darcel- Got my tee shirt today... It is really, really nice. I think you should have signed it though.(LOL) I will wear it proudly. I don't swear often, but it should say " I will kick some ovarian A**! Love the site also, my life has been touched by breast cancer, but I was so in the dark about ovarian Cancer. I am sure that through the network of people reading it you will save someones life! I just want you to know that I think you are an incredible person for sharing your story. The county is lucky to have such a caring person working for them. You are tough as nails. Your momma sure did a great job! Tell her I said hi. Hang in there.Lastly, I am sorry for your loss. I know all to well what it is like to have fertility problems. But I shutter to think what my life would have been like if I hadn't adopted my beautiful little girl. I know that you are going to be a great mother some day. After all your a "Rock Star". I will pray that cemo flies by and your back at work soon.
Ann Marie Yuschick - 8/12/2010
Hi Darc, this is Dan's mom. I feel I know you and Mike from what Dans tell me. I just wanted to say that I'm praying for you both to get thru this. Stay strong and keep your faith, that's what got me thru breast cancer 5years ago. I've been cancer free ever since! Praying that your chemo treatments are successful in helping you beat this! God Bless you :)
Jeremy Barkley - 8/12/2010
Sooo Proud of you and soooo prayn for you and healing! God is going to use this and your story! I have put you on three prayer list and miss seeing you on our cases in the community! Prayn for you husband as well! Call or message any time! Be Blessed Darcel!
Melanie Rexroth - 8/12/2010
Darc, your new do looks great! You truely are an inspiration to everyone for what you're doing and how you're doing it. Most people would pull a complete pity-party. But you're facing this whole situation with a positive attitude, the strength of an army, and the courage like no other. Just remember that the more difficulties one has to encounter, on the inside and out, the more significant and the higher in inspiration their life will be. You're a beautiful woman, with or without hair. And for all those who people who may just want to show pity because you're 'a bald beauty' just remember there's an army of people behind you that are ready to kick an ass or two when needed. Stay strong and stay positive and remember we all love you and pray for you everyday! Love Mel
Ceara - 8/12/2010
You are an inspiration to so many people Darc. I hope that you know that. You have taken a bad situation and instead of "woah-is-me'ing" you have turned it into a positive situation that can benefit THOUSANDS of people. You are beautiful, smart, wise and gracious. You are also strong and empowering. You will get through this with flying colors and be a even better and stronger woman because of it. I am so proud of you. You have SO many people who love and support you. You're going to do great. <3 you.
Dan - 8/12/2010
I was telling Mike that after a few chemo appointments, you guys will find your routine and you will get through it in no time. :) You'll be great.
Clara Hinton - 8/12/2010
Darcel, Just said a special prayer for you after I read your blog entry. I have no doubt whatsoever that you're going to face chemo with the courage of a lion and the grace of a champion. There are thousands of people praying for you, so when you feel a bit weak or a tiny bit alone remember all of us in the background cheering you on! Love, Clara
Aunt Danita - 8/11/2010
Darc, sorry I havent' posted anything...I have been trying to think of something profound to say, but I am not that poetic. So I am just going to tell you I think of you daily and I am astonished at your courage. Please keep your chin up and your face to the sun. There are hundreds of people thinking of you and sending you good thoughts.
Jessie Barnes - 8/9/2010
First time looking at the site. Looks great. Keep the great attitude. Thinking of you
Dan - 8/9/2010
I just wanted to say hey, Darc. :-D
jane & danny - 8/6/2010
Thank you for putting your story out there - its especially needed for young women because we always think it will happen to older women. We think about you and Mike and pray for you everyday! We know you will "kick this in the butt and beat it for sure"!
Jenny (Ferko) Damin - 8/6/2010
If prayers and positive thoughts could take away cancer....you would be cured a million times over! I am so proud of your for raising ovarian cancer awareness and supporting the cause. It is just one example of the extraordinary person you have developed into. I admire you………
Michelle Leach - 8/5/2010
Thinking of you...stay strong! You are in my prayers.
Ginny - 8/5/2010
It was great seeing you yesterday. Knowing what you are going thru makes me ashamed that I complain about my small itsy bitsy problems when you meet yours head on. You are the best. love ya ginny
lisa ference wroblewski - 8/5/2010
hi, darcy. thinking of you. stay strong!
Bern and Dor - 8/4/2010
Darc, Keep up the great attitude,we know u can do this.We think and pray for u everyday and love u so much. See u soon.
k. Hay - 8/4/2010
Thinking of you Darcel, stay strong. kathy
Jess and Justyn Shepler - 8/4/2010
We just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mandy..aka Buff - 8/4/2010
You are such an inspiration. I hope you know how many people's lives you are touching through all of this. Stay strong girl. We all love ya!
Chad - 8/3/2010
Hair looks great! "Dar cell Dar cell" over some heavy metal riffage... cya soon
Clara Hinton - 8/3/2010
Just stopping by to say you are an amazing woman and a super inspiration and I have absolutely no doubt at all that you are going to beat this!!!!!
Emily Hunter - 8/3/2010
Darce, nice 'do! Mom and I are gonna come up there to see you as soon as we can! We love you and you're always in our prayers!! When we found this site we said "Isn't she amazing? Turning this into something that will help people?!" Way to go Darce! Kick cancer's butt!
Kristin - 8/2/2010
Darcel, you are an inspiration! Adult Probation is praying for you!!!
Dave and Melanie Andolina - 8/2/2010
You are in our prayers Darc, we love you!!!!!!
Kristen W. - 8/2/2010
Darc! Your new cut looks awesome! I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers every day! <3
Toni - 8/2/2010
I like your hair Darcel. Keep your spirits high and stop and see us when you feel up to it.