Importance of Getting Regular Check-Ups

Ovarian Cancer Survivor Jackie

Ovarian cancer barreled through Jackie’s life in a whirlwind of diagnosis, surgery, and chemo. Then, just as suddenly, it vanished. Jackie focused on her career and her family. For 17 years, they were her only concern, until ovarian cancer came back. Now she devotes her life to spreading awareness and doing what she does best: taking care of her family.

Getting your regular check-ups is so unconventional. Would you agree with that statement?

We all know we’re supposed to get a physical every year. We know we should see the dentist every six months. But how many of us actually do that?

The first time I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I didn’t think getting my regular check-ups was important. After I completed my treatment, I went to two follow-up appointments. Then I never went to another one; I felt it was too far to travel for them. Besides, we knew my ovarian cancer was gone. Why did I need to keep going back?

I’d like to tell you that I do not recommend this at all!

Thinking back, maybe I figured if I didn’t have those appointments, it meant I didn’t have cancer. In fact, maybe it meant I’d never had cancer at all. You know that saying, “out of sight, out of mind”? That was my approach to my ovarian cancer. If I didn’t have to think about it or acknowledge it, then I could convince myself it wasn’t there.

When my cancer came back after 17 years, I made the decision—I would never miss a follow-up appointment again!! That includes appointments for blood work, scans, treatment, you name it! So far, I have not missed a single one and I promise you I won’t again.

I know how important these appointments are now. I want to live as long as I can, so in order to do that, guess what?

Yes, I need to go to follow-up appointments with my doctor.