A New You

edited November 2019 in Younger Women

My first diagnosis was about 7 years ago.  I was 30 and just gave birth to my son.  Since then my life has turned into a series of doctors appointments, scans and surgery.  When you are diagnosed with cancer your life changes dramatically and you develop a new way of looking at yourself and the world.

You feel like your body has turned on you.  Suddenly you're going through menopause and have more in common with women twice your age.  When people find out what you have been through they are shocked and horrified because you are so young.  Prepare yourself for sympathetic looks and comments from strangers.

Even though you feel like you are going through a never ending hell, there are positives.  People will realise you are one of the toughest people they will ever meet.  Not much will upset you, life's small things take on a different perspective and you learn to make the most of life while you can.

Keep wearing bikinis, your scars are impressive.

If it makes you happy, do it.

If you want those shoes, buy them.



  • yes my diagnosis was 10yrs ago. And i agree with Nikki do the things you would like to do now rather than later. live everyday. I feel Gratitude for Every Day I am here because my outcome could have been so different.

  • I was diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 24. Actually 6 years ago to this day, I had my surgery to remove what myself and my gyno thought was a 'penduculated fibroid'. A week later I found out that it was Ovarian Dysgerminoma. My gyno tried reassuring me that its the 'good cancer' to have. Anyhoo. I was the buzzkill over xmas cos I had 3 cycles of BEP chemo starting on 27 Dec 2011. (funny how we can remember significant cancer days).

    I've been clear of cancer ever since. I learned to SCUBA dive a year after my diagnosis (I was told that Bleo could cause pulmonary fibrosis.. thankfully it didnt. and i also lived in a beautiful part of the world to go SCUBA diving in). SCUBA is my happy place for a multitude of reasons, but one is my defeat of ovarian cancer.

    When I say to people I've had cancer at age 24, people assume a 'younger person's cancer' like hodgkins or leukaemia. Its a good opportunity for me to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

  • Hi Emmak,

    Welcome, I was 33 when diagnosed with an Ovarian Germ Cell tumor and have been in remission just over a year and can relate to Nikki's comment about the shock people have when they here you are a survivor. Congratulations on 6 years and the SCUBA sounds so great. Great to hear you're doing so well. As survivors, if we can spread awareness and pay that knowledge forward, I believe this is a blessing we have been gifted that we can continue to share all our lives. Stay well.

  • Hey EmmaK,

    Your situation really resonated with me! I'm 24 and found out Nov 2018 that I have a dysgerminoma after a first surgery to remove what they thought was a benign mass. I'm about to have a second surgery to remove the ovary and tube as well as BEP chemo as it's spread to my lymph nodes. I was wondering what was your experience of BEP? I'm studying at uni and I want to know if I'd be able to keep up my studies/side effects (if you lose your hair etc). Glad to hear its worked out well for you still being cancer free (it gives me some hope for the future).

    Sinead :)

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