Hi - I was diagnosed with stage 1c ovarian cancer after a full hysterectomy due to a large ovarian cyst in June - I was told my cancer risk was so low they were not going to bother taking samples elsewhere so it came as a shock when I was told of the cancer diagnosis half an hour before being discharged! (The c was because they ruptured the cyst to get it out).
I'm feeling great - almost fully recovered from the op but I start my first of 6 cycles of carboplatin on Weds. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm scared so any tips, especially on coping alone and on how to deal with feeling unwell or fearful when living alone, would be most welcome!
I guess I feel so alone as I'm in a small village in the beautiful Scottish highlands which is fantastic but means a 45 minute drive to the nearest support group/Maggies centre/Macmillan nurse and very sadly I had the (quite common I hear) experience of all of my 40-50 yr old local friends drifting away after my diagnosis. That was the cruellest thing of all for me, when it was 'just' a cyst they rang and visited then after my op and diagnosis they promised to come see me but never came. The absolute stars were my mums elderly friends (mum is blind and physically disabled and lives in local sheltered accom) who rallied round with lift to the GP and to see mum when I couldn't drive (no taxi service here), food when I couldn't cook, cat sitting and a cuppa and a chat, all of which restored my faith in human nature!