I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2016. Bloating but no other symptoms. After a CT scan that confirmed I had a very large cyst on my right ovary my GP and the NHS went into overdrive and the rollercoaster of treatment began I had a total hysterectomy. My gyne/oncologist told me he had completely removed the cancer but the cyst had burst on removal so I was stage 3 iiib (mucinous adenocarcinoma). I was told that I would receive chemotherapy as a "belt and braces" precaution and started a course of 6 treatments of chemo (Taxol/Carboplatin) in July.
I was given a list of possible side effects but in the end got off lightly with loss of hair and tiredness. I could drop off to sleep at the drop of a hat! The steroids I was given to take after chemo made me a bit unsettled but my team adjusted the dose and I was able to cope.
I finished my chemo at the beginning of November and had a CT scan just before Christmas. I had my clinic appointment on Tuesday and received the great news that I am all clear. I still can't really appreciate it until I keep repeating it to family and friends who ask.
This long post is just to help ladies who may be in the process of diagnosis/ treatment. This disease is scary but you will be surprised what strength is within you and with the support of your medical team, family, friends and this wonderful forum (you have been there although I couldn't post while gong through treatment). Taking each step along the path in small bits it becomes manageable. A positive attitude also helps I decided I couldn't cry all the time.
As for 2017 I will gather my strength, keep healthy and look forward to the birth of my first grandchild. Life is worth fighting for. Best wishes to all who are affected by this disease my support is with you all.