Within one week, I was experiencing pelvic painback painbloatingchanges in bathroom habits, and feeling full quickly while eating. I really did not know what was wrong with me! Could I be gaining weight? That fast? That was my worry. Well, after visiting a gynecologist, it turned out I had Immature Teratoma (a rare type of ovarian cancer). Yes, I had cancer. It’s a disease I always hear about but never in my life did it occur to me that it could happen to me, well at least not at this age. I was 25, recently married and a career-oriented woman.

After having gone through a surgery (tumor removal), all the tests showed I was cancer-free. Yet, because it was Grade III, I had to do chemotherapy to prevent it from recurring.

My husband and family decided that it’s best if I get my treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Briefly, the chemotherapy that I needed was 3 cycles of BEP (Bleomycin, Etoposide & Cisplatin).

So I decided to look at this journey in a positive way and share it with the world!


Donna S. E.




  1. Your courage, positivity and strength have blown me away habibi…You truly inspire me. I have never seen anyone as bubbly, energetic, strong and determined ready to take on anything thrown at you!! Love you my little sister way too much!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I also had stage 1 grade 3 immature teratoma at age 33. I also did 3 rounds of BEP. This cancer is so rare, Its great coming across someone who went through a similar journey…Hope your well.

    • Thank you Rachel for your comment. Yes it is rare indeed. I hope your journey wasn’t very harsh and hope you are doing well. If you would like to share your story and how you came to find out about your diagnosis, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share it on my blog.
      All the best.

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