News & stories Personal stories Claudia . 'My first symptoms started in December 2018 with strong abdominal, pelvic and lower back pain. I suspected this was connected with a cyst on my left ovary, which I've had since I was a teenager. I monitored it regularly; doctors said there was no need to remove as it was benign and not growing much.' 'However after having my second child at 38, the cyst began to grow. I had a scan in June 2018 and was diagnosed with an "endometrioma" (benign cyst of 7cm).' 'On 27 December 2018 I went to a local hospital. A simple scan was performed and the doctor seemed to suspect that something was not right; I was asked to return on 3 January to see the same gynaecologist who did my scan in June 2018 and diagnosed a benign cyst. A further pelvic scan suggested there had been a "degeneration" or "mutation" of the cyst.' 'An abdominopelvic MRI on 15 January confirmed the suspicion of malignancy on my left ovary. The cyst was now 14cm; its size had doubled in 6 months.' 'In February 2019, following surgery, I was diagnosed with mucinous ovarian carcinoma stage 1a grade 3.' 'I had total hysterectomy, full debulking and I was initially advised to start chemotherapy. I'm trying to gather as much information as possible, I've requested a second medical opinion and a revision of the biopsy, so I can make a decision.' 'The surgery was almost 3 months ago, I recovered slowly but steadily and physically I feel great now. I haven't had any menopausal symptoms or hormonal treatment yet.' 'I am very scared. I'm afraid of losing all my confidence, my strength and determination.' 'I have to keep strong for my small children (5 and 2 years old), although it's not always easy and there are lots of ups and downs. I needed to speak to someone who was going through the same as me, who could understand me better than any doctor, with whom I could share experiences. I found that through Ovacome.'