Maria and her mum
Maria is keen to help raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms
When her mum started complaining of stomach pain and heartburn, Maria assumed it was just a bug – after all, the symptoms sounded pretty harmless and her mum was almost never unwell. Here Maria talks about her mum’s shock ovarian cancer diagnosis, and why even the most harmless of symptoms can...
Sally
Sally's diagnosis came after feeling a lump in her pelvis
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be obvious or they can be subtle. For Sally, the only sign that anything was wrong was the fact that she needed to wee more often… I could tell by the look on the GP’s face that the lump I had felt in my pelvis wasn’t a good thing. She arranged an immediate CA125...
Julie is inspired by her mother's strength
Whenever Julie is looking for strength to help her cope with her diagnosis, she just closes her eyes and remembers her mother’s voice… "There’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it…" that’s what my mum always used to tell me. That’s why, when this disease returns – and it floors me every...
Pam has been living with ovarian cancer for over 12 years
Pam was diagnosed with Stage IIIA ovarian cancer in 2006. She explains why she’s never asked, ‘Why me?’ and how she’s stayed positive through thirteen rounds of treatment… I’d never been ill before in my life. I was really fit and healthy, I’d never smoked and I breastfed all three of my children....

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