Scarlett’s Story

13 Jun 2018 by Krystal Barter
My name is Scarlett and this is my story. Last year I had a complex cancerous tumour removed from my ovary – it was the size of a baby at full term (21cm) and I unfortunately lost my ovary – which was a great shock – considering I was 21 at the time.  I really want to try and raise awareness of this. My symptoms weren’t anything that would suggest I was very ill. For example, really sharp stomach pains, back ache, heavy periods, IBS (irritable bowl syndrome) etc.
I went to the doctors so many times about and nobody every suspected something was seriously wrong until I had lost a lot of weight and I couldn’t get a flat stomach. Somebody even thought I was pregnant which was extremely humiliating – when I showed my doctor the picture she said she thought I had a tumour in my womb.

Now being young and being told you might not be able to have children and it might come back etc was extremely upsetting and I just wish that there was more awareness about this. My gynaecologist reckons I had this tumour since I was a child because of the size of it.

I’ve been left with an enormous scar, not just physically but mentally and I want to use my story to spread awareness.

I’d love to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer detection, because two thirds of woman who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, are told once the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body. I don’t want anyone to go through what I had to go through. Let’s start a conversation and talk about ovaries and realise how important the female reproductive system is!

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