Topic: Surgery


Rosie taking a photo in the mirror wearing her student nurse uniform
Rosie's story

At 15 years old, Rosie, now a student nurse, had spent three months experiencing abdominal pain and bloating, but had no idea it would be stage 2 ovarian cancer

Elaine standing in front of a brick wall wearing a camel colour trench coat and peach top
Elaine's story

After a fibroid removal operation was delayed due to the pandemic, it was a routine renal scan in late 2020 that led to Elaine’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. Two years after finishing treatment, she's sharing her experience to help other women. 

A photo of Sbba sitting at a table smiling
Sbba's story

Sbba was given a stage 3c diagnosis in 2022 after experiencing symptoms in the Autumn. Treatment didn’t go to plan but the unwavering support she received, coupled with her faith which guided her, kept her strong.  

A photo of Mags from October 2022 - the last day she had all her hair before it started to fall out as a result of chemo
Mags's story

Mags was diagnosed in 2022 and it was a huge shock for her and her family. Recently she has been told there is no evidence of disease and here she explains the challenges she has faced from diagnosis to now.

A photo of Amanda in October 2016 a month before her diagnosis sat outside in the garden
Amanda's story

Amanda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016, but an existing heart defect meant that surgery came with high risks and complications.

A photo of Gemma smiling before her diagnosis
Gemma's story

After being diagnosed with womb cancer, Gemma received a separate diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Gemma praises her GP practice for helping her receive a correct diagnosis and encourages others to keep persisting.

A selfie of Linda after she shaved her head
Linda's story

While Linda waited for confirmation of her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she contacted the support line. Speaking to Val helped Linda to gain an understanding of what to expect, feel empowered but also have someone to talk to.

Jackie out walking in the countryside
Jackie's story

Jackie had been feeling unwell for a few weeks when one day she realised something was wrong. A quick GP referral for tests and scans meant Jackie’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed and treated at stage I and her womb cancer was also found.

A photo of Helen sat at a restaurant smiling
Helen's story

I knew nothing about the symptoms of ovarian cancer – if I'd have known I would have pushed to see my GP a lot earlier.

A selfie of Kate with long hair front on to camera
Kate's story

If I had understood the symptoms of ovarian cancer a bit better, I may have gone to my GP, and I wouldn’t have been diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in A&E.

Claire smiling with a deckchair behind her
Claire’s Story

Diagnosed at the age of 32, Claire shares her experience as a younger woman with ovarian cancer.