Susan Woodell remembers the exact date when she felt the abdominal pain: Labor Day weekend, 2003.
When she saw a Kaiser Permanente doctor, she was told: “You’ve got a burst cyst on your right ovary. Just go home and pack your bags – we’re going to operate tonight.”
The bad news kept coming. She says she was told there was a 25 percent chance that the cyst meant that she had cancer.
She underwent a procedure and learned it was true: she had cancer.
But the cancer was only in its first stage, she says, and she overcame it. Not only did she survive, she says she got “completely better.”
Now, she focuses on her daily life.
“I just live my life — just every day to the fullest — the best I can,” Susan says. “Like, today is Thursday. I’m going to work and then I’m going to go to yoga at Kaiser.”
She says her recovery is the outcome of her care at Kaiser Permanente.
“Because my Kaiser doctors worked so thoroughly and so quickly, I was able to be one of the very lucky ones to survive a stage one,” she says.