At the age of 49 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was terrified that I might not be there for my daughter, Zoe, who at the time was only seven. Fortunately, the surgery was successful, and the breast cancer did not return.
Fourteen years later, I mentioned to my doctor that I was experiencing some bloating, which was a fairly common complaint for a 64-year old woman. After being referred to an oncologist and completing some tests, I was unfortunately diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer.
With the support of my doctor, I underwent four months of gruelling chemotherapy. After finishing the chemotherapy and then participating in a clinical trial for a new treatment, I received the good news that I was in remission.
In the following five years I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer another three times. Each time the cancer was different as well as the treatments and side effects.