Ovarian Cancer: Be aware of the symptoms of this silent killer.

Five years ago today my mother lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer. It felt like we lost her within a blink of an eye because for most of the time that she felt unwell, just a short six months, she was misdiagnosed. She and her doctors did not understand her symptoms and by the time she was taken seriously and referred to specialists it was already too late. She had already developed stage IV Ovarian Cancer.

Normally I ignore June 23rd. It is a day that I do not wish to acknowledge. I have adopted her birthday as my day to remember her as I choose to celebrate life. What I would like to do today is bring some attention to the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.

The four most common symptoms to watch for are:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently.
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount.

Other symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.

You can learn more about Ovarian Cancer here:

I would also like to share this very moving article I read this morning about Gilda Radnor’s battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Janette Nolan, my hero, best friend and beautiful mother. Sending you all my love.

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