In September 2019 I was diagnosed with Stage 4B ovarian cancer. This was 12 months after my 28 year old daughter was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. My daughter has the BRCA1 gene, I don’t have any blood gene mutations so this was unexpected. For over 12 months I had been going to my doctor and ER complaint of pain in my liver area. Blood tests, numerous CT Scans did not pick anything up. Towards the end of trying to find out what was wrong with me I thought I must be imagining things. Then the unexpected weight loss started. Along with my upper abdomen swelling to a point where I looked like I was 9 months pregnant and I was in pain. Off to the ER and another CT Scan and blood work and I was hit with the “I’m sorry you have cancer and we think it’s come from you ovaries”.
i was dumbfounded but resilient in the fact that it is what it is and I accepted it without drama. I have sworn under my breath a lot and after 4 rounds of chemotherapy, feeling so useless and sick I finally am scheduled for surgery and then more chemotherapy after surgery.
I keep thinking that I can’t do more chemotherapy but because I traveled my daughter’s journey with her I knew what to expect, when to get rid of my hair before I had chunks falling out and then reassessed my thinking. It's a road I have to travel.
I urge people not to be complacent, don't accept that the medical establishment can't find what's ailing you. I accepted it and ended up a Stage 4 - the cancer had travelled.
Be proactive in demanding answers. This is part of my story. Liz McLaren