When I was diagnosed in October 2016 with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I was totally devastated and traumatised [edited by moderator] .
Well here I am exactly 5 years later. I’ve had one very small recurrence but remain well and currently back in remission. I feel incredibly blessed [edited by moderator]. It’s never going away for good, but having gone through such a huge amount in these 5 years I stay determined and full of faith that I will deal with it whenever it makes its next appearance.
From the day of diagnosis I have been on a journey of hope and despair, strength and weakness , darkness and light, to name just a few. I have lost many ovarian cancer friends in the past 5 years and each time it’s broken my heart ❤️ not a million pieces.
But from day one I have absolutely refused to allow cancer to define me (Sod that)!! I am NOT a victim, I am a survivor, a thriver. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, aunty, friend, colleague and a nurse (a nurse who now understands her patients even more than she did before).
I might have cancer, but cancer does not have me..and NEVER will.
I guess what I am saying is, is that there is always hope, we have strength that we never knew we possessed. We have friends and family that we never knew could be so amazing and strangers who come into our lives who bring utter joy. We also have people who we expect to walk with us who choose to walk the other way.. but that’s ok, it’s their choice and I wish them well.
I have shared very little of the last 5 years on here as it’s not my thing, but I believe that this anniversary was worth sharing because it shows that love, faith, strength and hope can conquer all. So does an advanced sense of humour I might add.
Life is for living. Live in the moment and wring the most out of life, and when life throws a curveball, chuck it straight back with bells on. Love to all the amazing women on her, Marian xxx