Ovarian Cancer Survivor Credit’s Mon Health’s Dr. McBee for Saving Her Life
Reflecting on her journey with ovarian cancer, Paige Jubic says she is thankful to this day for Dr. William McBee, a gynecologic oncologist at the Mon Health Cancer Center in Morgantown.
“I credit him for saving my life,” she said.
When Paige was diagnosed with stage 1C ovarian cancer in 2011, she was a 16-year-old in the height of her high school years. Following her first surgery in August 2011, Dr. McBee sat down with Paige and her family to discuss the treatment plan moving forward.
Paige started treatment immediately, which involved six rounds of chemotherapy every three weeks.
“At that time, the scariest part to me was losing my hair,” she said. “It was my senior year of high school, and I was 16 going on 17 years old. It was traumatic, honestly.”
Following the end of her treatments, Paige was considered cancer-free in March 2012, just a few months before graduating high school.
“Because of the support I had from my doctors, family and friends, I was able to get through it. It’s for this reason I am as strong as I am today,” Paige said.
During that journey, Paige’s sister brought up the question of the possibility of her younger sibling having children one day. Paige said she didn’t think of how cancer could impact her ability to have children. Dr. McBee already had a plan to help increase the probability of Paige having children one day.
That plan was to put Paige through menopause to prevent damage.
“I always wanted kids, but because I went through every symptom of menopause, I really didn’t think that I could still have kids,” she said.
To her surprise, Paige found out she was pregnant in 2014 and gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 2015.
“I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant,” she said. “It was an overwhelming feeling to have been through what I went through and be able to have a baby.”
Three years later, Paige and her husband would welcome their second child, a healthy baby boy.
“Sometimes I just sit back and look at my two children and think about how blessed we are to have them here and healthy,” Paige said.
Now at 24 years old, Paige still visits with Dr. McBee ever so often to stay on top of check-ups.
“I’d like to think going through this at a young age has made me a strong person,” Paige said. “I now have an appreciation for the little things.”