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Surviving Ovarian Cancer

By Brianna Case.
Lisa Welch got a lot of support during her ovarian cancer benefit in Vestal on Saturday.

"She's a strong woman, so she doesn't want help, but we all need help once in a while," said Trish Vega, Lisa's best friend.

Vega decided that she wanted to help as much as she could so she got together with Lisa's daughter to hold a benefit.

"To help my mother and what she's going through, it's a great feeling and to have my friends and family, everyone's family and people just within the community coming that may not even know her that well, it's nice to know there are people out there who are willing to help," said Katie Dotman, Lisa's daughter.

Four years ago Welch got news that she hoped she would never get.

"When I first found out, I had a hysterectomy and I woke up in the hospital, and the doctor was there and she told me that they had found cancer on my ovary," said Lisa Welch.

Welch knew ovarian cancer ran in her family, but never thought something like this would happen to her.

"I got very emotional and she paused the situation, she made me more comfortable with it, she was very optimistic," said Dotman.

"You have chemo once a week and you are tired and can't eat and your taste buds are shot and it's just terrible," said Welch. "But, there is one thing that tastes good and that's junk food, cookies and stuff like that."

Welch says it's never easy going through something like this, but having family and friends and having a positive mind set is what really gets her through this.

"You have to have strong family and friends around you to keep it positive, and you too, you really have to be a fighter and when you are tired or not feeling good, just keep saying I'll get through this," said Welch.

Welch was able to beat ovarian cancer the first time she had it but it came back. She hopes her last chemotherapy treatment will help her beat the odds again.

"To be sitting there on Tuesday and saying this is my last one, I hopefully won't have to go through this again," said Welch. "I am just going to keep on fighting as long as I can and if I get it again, I'll keep on fighting."