Meeta Chohan

May - June 2017 : In the space of 4 weeks I had a Stroke, learned of clots in my lungs and an Ovarian Cyst with a raised CA125. Who would have thought that a stroke at age 39 could be what saved me. Did I happen to be at the right place at the right time having tests and scans done when they discovered I had an ovarian mass the size of a grapefruit?! What followed was a period of bloating and sickness ahead of debulking surgery Mid June 2017.
I was diagnosed with Stage 1c Grade 3 Clear Cell Carcinoma in June 2017. Followed by 6 cycles of Carboplatin and Pacilitaxel chemotherapy. I was given the all clear in November 2017 and then started to rebuild my confidence, with the help of a wig and stylish headwear, whilst waiting for my hair to grow back.
I don't really recall having the symptoms of ovarian cancer, although in hindsight, I remember a dull heavy ache when I slept to one side. I didn’t ever think anything of it, I just got used to sleeping on my other side. I used to complain of tiredness, but put that down to the running round and hectic work-home-school routine I had being a busy working mum.
I’m lucky that the series of events of 2017 saved me and my cancer was caught in the early stages. I have the most wonderful Consultant Gynaecologist and Oncologists who I see on a regular basis now.

In March 2019 I am going out of my comfort zone, will attempt to put my heels back on (I hope) and model as part of the Touch of Teal Tea fashion show with Ovacome at the Mayfair Hotel! I'm hoping to raise awareness of the symptoms of this 'silent killer' cancer as well as raise funds for Ovacome.

Ovacome provides a range of support services for anyone who has been affected by ovarian cancer, whether directly or indirectly. They offer a free telephone support line, a 24 hour online forum, email support, instant chat services and face to face support groups. They also work to raise awareness of the disease and to provide information from some of the top clinicians in the field of ovarian cancer.

Ovacome also fund a research fellow at Birmingham University, who is working to develop new therapies and understand and improve outcomes for women with advanced ovarian cancer.

As a smaller charity, every donation really helps Ovacome to continue and expand their services, providing vital support to those affected by this lesser known form of cancer. Any amount that you can offer would be greatly appreciated and would contribute towards their important work.

Thank you!

Meeta Chohan