Sladjana (Sofi) Milenkovic Crosley, 1950 - 2009
Sladjana (Sofi) Crosley was a healthy, athletic, trim woman when, at the age of 46, she was found to have stage 1a granulosa cell tumour of the ovary (GCT). This followed a couple months of feeling bloated, and having periodic abdominal pain or discomfort. Her response to these symptoms was to assume that she wasn't exercising enough, and then double the number of sit-ups she was doing and extend the distance she was routinely walking. Finally, after a particularly bad attack of abdominal pain, she went to the hospital where she was x-rayed, told she "had a gas buildup" and sent home with an allotment of simethicone. Only after passing out in her doctor's waiting room, 24 hours later, did they admit her to hospital and do an MRI where they discovered a "cyst" on an ovary.