Hi I have just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Very large tumour my gynaecologist said. I didn't realise anything was wrong till I took urine to be tested for what I thought was a urine infection. Scan of bladder and kidneys was arranged and tumour seen. Seeing oncologist on Tuesday for treatment plan, pre assessment on Friday and chemo starts on 17th. Very apprehensive.

I am a young ( I hope!! ) 70 year old. I still teach 6 yoga classes a week, well I did up to this week. I decided to hand my classes over to my good friend to take care of until I've had my chemo as I don't want to risk getting infections that would jeopardise my treatment. It was like handing over my babies! Lol. I'm trying to add my photo but I come out sideways. I'll go on mac rather than here on iPad.

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  • Welcome to the club that no one wants to join, you have come to the right place for support there are a lot of lovely people on here, sorry about your recent discovery sending you best wishes love x G x

  • Thank you for your welcome. I have managed to upload my photo some shape!!!! Better than sideways. I have been reading a few of the blogs and they are very helpful. love J x

  • Hi! I am sure you're going through all sorts of thoughts at the moment but I promise you, it will not be as bad as you are fearing at the moment. Once your treatment has started it will feel as if you just have to keep on keeping on. If you want to know something specific, about treatment or chemo, use the search box at the top right of the page and type in a few words. It's pretty good at going back over time. Also the tags box is good too, as is the Ovacome website (google it) which has loads of info about treatment and chemo etc. it also has a helpline number which you can ring on Monday, when there will be a nurse there. I hope you will soon be back to doing your yoga.

    Just want to say welcome. You can ask anything on here :-) Whatever it is, someone will know! Or if not we can point you in the general direction ........

    Let us know how you're getting on

    All the best

    Love Wendy xx

  • Dear J - Yogin

    Welcome to our friendship group. I think you'll find lots of support on this site and this will help a lot.

    Looking at your profile I imagine you live near Neath. I'm the Regional Volunteer Rep for Wales and if you feel I can be of any help please do get in touch. I'll send a PM so you have my contact details.

    You'll certainly get lots of support and helpful stuff on this site so do please keep posting.

    Sending my love xxx Annie

  • Hi

    Welcome. So sorry you are having to go through this. Hope your appointment on Tuesday will go well.

    Monique x

  • Sending you best wishes. it is a lot to get your head around when you have to move so quickly from living a normal life -albeit with a few irritating symptoms - to be suddenly plunged into the world of hospital appointments, chemo, scans etc.

    Its good that things are moving fast as far as your treatment is concerned and we will all be thinking of you. Let us know how you go on.

    Mary x

  • Hi and welcome. Sorry you have cause to be here but it is a wonderful group of very supportive, helpful people. Sending best wishes.


  • Thank you all for such a great welcome. What a wonderful support site. Not that I really wanted to be here!!!!

    Yes Citrine it is very hard to get my head around things as its all happening so quickly. It's the not being in control that's worse as I am so used to being in control of my classes etc. It is giving me time for more meditation and self reflection and I have discovered that I need to forgive. Forgive not only others but myself.

    Thank you all for your support


    Jean x

  • Hi Jean,

    I am sure there is nothing to forgive, this thing is such a random sideswipe. There is no point in thinking 'what did I do to deserve this?' We didn't deserve it, it just happened. I am sure your meditation techniques and reiki experience will help you through this. Concentrate on moving forward and getting this b****er fixed ;-) Annie is a lovely lady and a great support, so I am sure she will be able to help you in the journey ahead. We often go to a village near Llandeilo, so I have quite a few connections down there. Keep posting and letting us know how it's going with you. All the best for Tuesday.

    Love Wendy xx

  • Hi Wendy

    No I have never once thought " what did I do to deserve this"? What I mean is forgiving people who I think have hurt me , maybe be childhood friends etc. I am learning to let go of old grievances. I use Louise Hays affirmations " heal your body" a lot and find they help.

    I love Llandeilo and we stayed in The Plough about 2 months ago as we were attending a wedding in the Cawdor. It's not too far from us but by staying my husband could have a drink. Beautiful hotel, lovely staff and fab food.


    Jean. X

  • I used that book too, when I was first diagnosed, a friend bought it for me. i understand what you mean avout forgivebess now. i ha to let o of some old grudges! We love the Cawdors and the Plough too. We are going to the Cawdor at Christmas. I agree, it's a lovely hotel. all the best

    Love W xx

  • Hi jean

    Welcome and I am so sooty that you need to join us,but you are in the right place for lots of support , from people who have had the same experience.

    This is the very worst time , waiting for information and a plan. Once things start to happen you will feel a lot will hopefully have a named specialist nurse or doctor that you will bond with well. However Ruth the specialist nurse on here is wonderful , so perhaps give her a call on Monday if you can.

    The fact that you are so fit and healthy from all that yoga will mean that you will cope physically with the treatments a lot better than an unfit person. I also love mindful meditation type exercises. I was also a bit of a control freak and in retrospect it might have been better for me to have just let many things go or be !

    Good luck with the appointment and let us know how you get on.


    Charlie xxxx

  • Hi Jean

    Time to look after yourself now and do the things that give you joy. I also enjoy my meditation and mindfulness... don't know what I would do without it.

    My very best wishes to you for your appointment - keep in touch.

    Love Linda xx

  • Hi Jean

    My I add my welcome too to this site- good luck for your appointment!


    Anne xx

  • Hello Jean. I am sorry we have to "meet" on here but I know just how you feel. I was only diagnosed after a small amount of abdominal pain and had no idea anything was wrong, I had very swift scans and surgery and have just had my first chemo - all since the end o f October. I have found the support from all our friends on here amazing and I wish you all the luck in the world with your treatment and surgery. I was also very anxious but have come out the other side of surgery, maybe worse as I am a nurse and knew what to expect! Your positive attitude and strength will help you all along the way Amanda xx

  • Hi -- I am so sorry you have to face this, but you do it alongside all of us. These ladies help me stay sane after the total mind-reel of finding out about my OC; I am glad you found the site. Your dedication to yoga means you are fit: that's brilliant and will really help! Bet you are far fitter than i was... Keep us posted, and my thoughts will be with you as you start down this path.



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