The hello is to all you lovely ladies who have had/have Ovarian cancer, the goodbye is hopefully to my own ovarian cancer! I had my op on sept 5th in Leeds after being diagnosed at stage 1b in July . Following my total abdominal hysterectomy i was told it had been in both ovaries and was stage 2b (13cm in left 11cm in right) and had also got into into my bowel and pelvis but all had hopefully been removed. I am now awaiting my 2nd C125 and returned to work today (hurrah!- well not really but some sort of normality i guess lol). What has angered me most about this whole journey has been that i was unaware a smear test did NOT test for ovarian cancer, nor that the 'sign's' I had it could even be ovarian cancer - i simply thought they were 'middle age'. Yes, I am thankful every single day I am here- i have 3 children an adorable 1 yr old grandson a lovely partner and a life ahead of me, but how many women don't - simply because they do not know the symptoms could even be Ovarian cancer. I'm not bitter- honestly I am so greatful to my surgeon (Mr Hutson) and all his fantastic team- all I intend to do now is make as many women aware of what the signs are - many are not diagnosed til it's well advanced - we don't even have a support group in Bradford as i was told 'your lucky, most don't survive' so iv made a poster and put it on my facebook- so far its been shared by 88 people and not one had a clue of the signs or the fact it would a C125 test to detect it- everyone thought a smear tested everything. If any one would please share it i would be so greatful Sorry i can't upload it- must be bigger than the permitted 2500KB but if you want to look im 'Janette Oljanuk' on facebook please friend request me, and may i wish each and every single one of you the best on this journey we are taking and help get this message out to EVERY women xxxx
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