Ovarian Cancer – Two (Amazing!) Women Tell Their Stories

Around 1 in 52 women in the UK will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. But would you recognise the most common symptoms? And what is it like to go through ovarian cancer?

Debbie and Paula both had two very different experiences of ovarian cancer, from symptoms all the way to treatment and recovery. Read their stories below, shared by our friends at Ovarian Cancer Action – a charity fighting to improve research, funding and support for women with ovarian cancer.

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‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help’ – Learnings from skin cancer patient Chris Harvey

ask help Chris Harvey skin cancer patient

Chris Harvey is a very independent man – he knows what he wants and is more than happy to achieve it by himself.

But when he was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago, Chris quickly realised that he would need to become depended on others – a scary thought but something he has learned to accept.

Below, Chris explains what he has learned since his diagnosis and how his life has changed.

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‘It is incredibly rewarding to see how much nutrition can influence people’s health with cancer’

We speak to Liz Butler, a cancer-specific nutritionist, about the best foods to eat when you are diagnosed with cancer, and the foods you should stay far away from

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Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. But we know it’s not that simple, is it?

There may be times during your cancer treatment when you are unable to eat as healthy as you would like. When you’re experiencing sore mouth, difficulty swallowing, and general loss of appetite, how are you supposed to keep your diet balanced and nutritious?

Good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatment can affect your appetite. Cancer and cancer treatments can also affect your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use nutrients.

Here’s where Liz Butler steps in. Liz is a nutritional therapist and has been working with people with cancer for the last 17 years. 

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Meet the inspiring five-time cancer survivor who competes in marathons

David Fletcher, 39, has taken part in a number of gruelling sporting activities, shocking both his doctors and family

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Cancer survivor David Fletcher completes the Long Course Weekend Wales 2017 iron man challenge with fiancee Angela and son Lee (Photo credit: Hull Daily Mail)

An inspiring dad who has survived cancer five times in wowing his doctors with his amazing physical feats.

David Fletcher, 39, from Hull, hopes to inspire other sufferers not to give up.

He took part in an Iron Man Challenge just months after battling cancer for the fifth time, and earlier this month, completing the Long Course Weekend Wales 2017 triathlon.

The HGV driver has battled germ cell cancer twice, Hodgkin Lymphoma, skin cancer and testicular cancer over the last 18 years.

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Brave mum shares intimate photo to raise awareness of rare breast cancer symptom

Sherrie Rhodes was diagnosed with breast cancer after she spotted some dimpling during a shopping trip

Sherrie Rhodes

A brave mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer just days ago has shared an intimate photo of her rare symptom to help raise awareness.

Unlike the lump most people associate with breast cancer, mother-of-three Sherrie Rhodes noticed a less well-known symptom and wants to warn others.

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Schoolgirl takes cancer hair loss into her own hands

Nine-year-old makes wigs from scratch to donate to little girls who have lost their hair from cancer

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Lauren LaRay (Photo credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A thoughtful schoolgirl is on a mission to help young cancer patients feel more beautiful and confident while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Nine-year-old Lauren LaRay is making wigs for young girls with cancer who’ve lost their own hair. She is making them from scratch at home after school.

Using nothing more than a crochet needle, weave cap and store-bought hair, Lauren says her goal is to make the wigs look as natural as possible.

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Best friends who both lost their husbands to cancer unite for hospital transport charity

Gina Dunn and Ann Garrett are aiming to raise a whopping £25,000 for Northeast charity Daft as a Brush

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Gina Dunn (Image credit: Newcastle Chronicle)

Two best friends who both lost their husbands to cancer, have teamed up to help raise money for a transport charity which supports people living with the disease..

Gina Dunn, 59, and Ann Garrett, 73, have pledged to raise £25,000 to buy a new vehicle for Daft as a Brush which now operates 25 ambulances in the North East of England and provides free transport to hospital for cancer patients to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

The organisation, backed by 300 volunteers, is expected to make 20,000 patient journeys this year and next year the charity hopes to offer its service to even more people.

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Appreciating life during cancer

How Amanda Luke has remained positive after losing her job and getting diagnosed with breast cancer within two months

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Amanda Luke was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2017

When Amanda Luke was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, she says it couldn’t have come at a worse time for her. The 42-year-old had just lost her job the month before and had started a new temporary role which she hoped would become permanent. 

Despite the life changing events, Amanda has remained positive and learning to appreciate life while living with cancer.

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