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Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity working to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide support to women with ovarian cancer.
Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, its share of UK research funding has dropped and three quarters of women with ovarian cancer say they do not get the support they need.
Together we can make sure women in the UK have the best chances of survival and get the right support at the right time, in a way that's right for them.
Raise awareness. Fund research. Save lives.
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How life can changeSaturday 16th Sep
I was diagnosed with Stage 4b ovarian cancer in January 2021 when a persistent cough and heaviness in my chest during an online gym class made me book a GP appointment. I was complacent really looking back, I thought that I was aware of my body, but how wrong can you be. I had had some pain in my pelvis as well but just put it down to overdoing it whilst exercising.
I began chemotherapy in the February, having three rounds before a break for surgery. The surgery was successful and after recovering, I completed the chemotherapy with three more rounds. After that, appointments reduced to every three months for routine scans and tests – and albeit slowly, with support and encouragement of my Personal Trainer Nick, I was able to get back to my weight training which I’m so passionate about.
In October 2022, I decided to take part in the Ovarian Cancer Walk|Run. It felt good to be able to get involved. I’m not really a runner but with the option to walk it felt like it was something everyone could participate in. Arriving on my own I wasn’t sure what to expect but the atmosphere was great and I immediately felt really welcome. I got to talk to lots of people, including people from Target Ovarian Cancer.
It was lovely to have the chance to meet Annwen, the Chief Executive of the charity, and her team and learn more about the organisation – including how and why it was founded. I really enjoyed the day!
During a routine appointment in January 2023, I was told that the cancer had returned. After another six rounds of chemotherapy I was shocked to learn that it had not reduced the cancer as much as before and was no longer an option for treatment. Recently, I have started taking a maintenance drug called Niraparib and I will know soon if it is effective.
Since sharing my story whilst fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer, I hope that I have taught others about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
I am now preparing to take part in this year’s Ovarian Cancer Walk|Run at Regent’s Park on Sunday 22 October.Share
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