Woman avoids ovarian cancer thanks to her UF doctor

Published: January 5, 2012

Category: Cancer Center, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Edith Horovitz

My name is Edith Horovitz and I am a teacher and vice principal at the Martin Jay Gottlieb Day School. I am married and I have two boys, 25 and 28. I love to read and walk and be at the beach, but reading is what I do the most.

My mother died of ovarian cancer 11 years ago. Since ovarian cancer runs in families, Dr. Guy Benrubi has been following me for a very long time because there are no early symptoms to warn of ovarian cancer. Once you find it, it's really bad.

Because we had been doing the blood tests every three months, I knew what was creeping up so it wasn't a big surprise to me. I wasn't excited about it; no one wants to go in for surgery. On the other hand, I felt it was the right thing to do because that's what Dr. Benrubi was recommending and I trust him completely. I would do anything to avoid a larger problem later.

I had a total hysterectomy. I went into the hospital on a Tuesday morning and went home by Wednesday afternoon. I never took a pain pill the whole time. I was tired and I had limitations because Dr. Benrubi told me I had to be careful, but otherwise I felt great. I have minimal scarring.

Dr. Benrubi has been so wonderful to me; he's treated me like family. He doesn't make me feel bad when I call him right back with more questions that I didn't think of. It has helped because it gives me confidence that I'm getting the very best care available. I don't have to ask around; I can see him and trust him.

I don't have a single complaint about anyone, anywhere along the way. I was treated well and my family was treated well. It was just a wonderful experience.

Edith Horovitz
Jacksonville, Fla.

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