In 2013, I was feeling a bit unwell, tired, bloaty, disinterested in some food, losing weight – it was easy to put this down to stress, busy lifestyle, food intolerances and no time to get to a GP or bother someone about it. It took being hit by a car – literally (car accident) for me to mention to a locum GP in passing how I was feeling in the course of checking to see if I had whiplash. I was immediately taken to hospital and diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was informed that it is known as the silent killer, and that women do not recognise it or easily assume that it is something else. After a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and recuperation I have gradually resumed my life. If you or a woman you know is feeling any of the common symptoms, please go and get checked out. Busy social workers and carers often forget to make time for them, this is important and you are very definitely worth it. In my case, my manager had suggested that I go and see a GP having noticed a change in my eating habits (team easter egg left uneaten on the desk). If you are worried about a colleague or friend – talk with them, be curious. We can look after each other. Helen
Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. They work to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer.