Hi everyone Im June.
Im 56 and Ive just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer three days ago, but I dont know what stage its at just yet.
My doctor has sent off a referral to Brisbane and marked me as urgent. I just have to be patient now and wait for an appointment.
It came as a shock, but I guess thats the same for everyone.
Id been having digestion issues, constipation, needing to urinate more frequently, and thats why I went to the doctor. When she was examining me and pushed on my abdomen she felt something.
She ordered blood tests and sent me off for a CT scan I didnt even know we had a CT machine in our small town but I was lucky we did.
When I went back for my results she said Im sorry but its ovarian cancer. I have what appears to be a 6.5cm growth on my ovary. Hoping it might be a cyst and not cancer I asked about the blood tests.
She had done one to look for cancer markers in the blood. Apparently normal would be about 30 U/ml and mine was 420 U/ml.
I have 1001 questions but for now the most important one is how and when to tell my family.
Im the sole carer for my grandson and its his 15th birthday on Saturday, then Easter, so definitely not until after that. But do I tell them before I get to see a specialist, or wait until after that? How do I break the news? I want to be as calm as possible when I tell them, so rehearsing something beforehand is probably best, but I dont know what to say. Any advice would be wonderful, as Im emotional and clueless right now.