Jamie Kei Haley
Jamie Kei Haley was born May 5, 1987 in Hammond, IN. She is happily married to her husband of a little over a year and they are expecting their first child at the end of May. She has a 9 year old Chihuahua named Lilly and an 8 ½ year old cat named Ringo. Jamie is an Administrative Assistant for a Neurosurgeon at OSU Medical Center.
Jamie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on September 3, 2003, at the age of 17. She noticed irregular periods, severe bloating and back/shoulder pain, which led her to visit her OB/GYN. “I went to an OB/GYN who knew something was wrong based on my physical exam. He sent me for an ultrasound which found my tumor. I honestly don’t remember the feeling… I want to say I was shocked but being so young helped in the sense that I don’t think I really understood.”
During treatment, Jamie had to have surgery to remove the tumor and then follow up appointments and scans. Because of her age and still a student in high school, Jamie found the strength to keep going after her diagnosis. Since her remission from ovarian cancer, Jamie has graduated high school and college, gotten married and will soon be having her first child – something she was worried about since her diagnosis that she wouldn’t be able to do!
“I have always been a huge advocate of seeing an OB/GYN! You’d be surprised how many young women do not do this regularly! Since there are not routine screenings for ovarian cancer, I think it’s important to have your yearly exam and get comfortable with seeing an OB/GYN so that when/if something feels different/wrong, you have the relationship and feel like you can ask questions! Listen to your body – be your best advocate!”
For those who are recently diagnosed, Jamie says that the best thing to do is to keep your hopes up and get connected. “There are great groups such as the OCAO that can help connect survivors. It is nice to have someone else to relate to!” She found the OCAO shortly after a scare with a possible recurrence of ovarian cancer in 2010, and has been involved with the organization since then. As a result of her involvement with the OCAO, Jamie has come to realize that every survivor’s story is different, and her hope is that the OCAO will continue to make ovarian cancer awareness bigger.
More About Jamie
Favorite holiday: 4th of July
Favorite book: Harry Potter series
Share an interesting fact about yourself: I’m a ¼ Japanese!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Australia or Japan. Australia because I think it is probably one of the prettiest places or Japan since my grandma was from there!
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? I think it will be becoming a mother which has not yet happened but happening soon!
What is the best advice you have ever received from someone? Live with no regrets.
What is the best advice you can give another person? Be yourself, life is short – live it up!
What are 3 words that best describe who you are? Outgoing, compassionate, fun!