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I started feeling 'out of sorts' around Christmas. I was feeling bloated and gaining weight even though I was on a diet. I was always feeling sick. I was finding it really difficult at work because I constantly had to go to the toilet, and I started to suffer from chronic constipation.
By the end of February, I was feeling really poorly, so I decided to book an appointment with a GP. As I walked into the surgery there were posters up listing the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer and I had all of them. As scary as that was, those posters helped me focus on those symptoms when talking to my GP.
My GP examined me and straight away ordered some blood tests. A week later I met with the gynaecologist.
In March, I was told that they had found cancer cells. At first I was told that I had something called primary peritoneal cancer.
At this point I decided that I wanted to be closer to my family in Manchester (I had been living in Hampshire) so I asked to be referred to a consultant there.The consultant felt I needed a biopsy to confirm the type of cancer. Eventually I was diagnosed with a low grade ovarian cancer in the July, after having surgery.