On the 14th of February 2014, my life changed forever,
I was diagnosed the Ovarian Cancer, I had surgery to remove all tumours, and i was told that i was Stage 3c.
I had no idea I was ill. I just happened to find a lump in my stomach. I did however have a bad back which i was seeing an osteopath for, looking back i did have other symptoms; heart burn and extreme fatigue. But i didn’t have the common (talked about) symptoms such as feeling full, being bloated, going to the toilet a lot.
I thought i was fit and well. I was even at the gym the day before visiting my doctor.
I met my oncologist almost immediately. I don’t remember much that was said. Once you hear the word cancer you stop breathing. All i could think was that i was about to die. I remember being asked if i had any jewish relatives??? From the type of cancer found from the biopsy they suspected I had the BRCA positive gene. I knew nothing about BRCA other than i heard Angelina Jolie had it. I didn’t even know there was a cancer such as Ovarian. I actually thought a smear test would check for gynaecology cancers? It turns out i do have the BRCA gene and my grandmother had ovarian cancer. It was kept quiet as it was back in the 70’s and cancer at that time was a taboo subject.
I was told that I have a 5 percent chance of beating this! I struggled with the thought of dying every day! (I have 3 kids which are my world).
I learnt to meditate and tried really hard to stay positive (very difficult at times).
My oncologist told me I would be having chemo every 3 weeks for 6 rounds, but to expect the cancer to return within then 12 to 18 months. I took these times scales literally, My cancer markers were checked every 3 months and i found i was living and planning my life within these 3 month windows.
If i can give any advice, it would be to not ask for any statistics or talk about re-ocurrance. The documented evidence for Ovarian Cancer is old and out of date. The oncologists really don’t know how each person will react. Everybody is unique. Nobody knows!!! Do not become absorbed in cancer doom and gloom.. live your life to the full like I do.