I was diagnosed with borderline Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer in February. I had major debulking surgery in March -an operation that was supposed to take 4 hrs took over 7 and I spent 16 days in ICU!, returning a week later when I bled into my stoma bag. In total I spent 4 & 1/2 weeks in hospital. My poor husband had to take 6 weeks off work to care for our now 12mth old son. (Luckily his work have been extremely understanding.) They say they got 99% of the cancer in the surgery bur i am still having treatment 7 mths later! Chemo is a 3 day ordeal every 21 days that involves the drugs being put into my abdominal cavity via an intraperitoneal port. The operation left me with an ileostomy/stoma which is distressing and a constant reminder, plus after finally getting back to my per-pregnancy weight I can't wear my normal clothes as they don't really leave room for the stoma bag.
I am up to cycle 10, and they have added Avastin to my chemo - my ca125 is going down but not quickly enough. The nurses say they have never seen anyone do as many rounds as I have :(. I am desperate for this to finish and for the stoma to be reversed so I can get on with being a mum.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.