Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer Survivor Says Find The Strength Within You

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Makita was diagnosed with stage 3b ovarian cancer in 2016 but she didn’t lose her heart and fought back with all her might to defeat cancer for her lovely daughter.

The Diagnosis

“May 2016, I noticed a lump in my lower abdomen, after 4 months of seeing several different doctors I was diagnosed with stage 3b ovarian cancer in October 2016, after removing the 21cm tumor.”

The Journey

“I felt so isolated. I was 19, a single mum living in a new city purely for treatment. I could only take each day as it came, but those days seemed to drag out as I had nothing or no one to distract me from how I felt. Walking through the shops I tried to ignore the looks of pity. I could hear the whispers; ” oh look at that bald girl, poor thing”. But by the end of it, I felt a new empowerment… a new strength. During the journey, I was able to really get to know myself and I found a confidence and strength I didn’t know I had.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“I had a 1year old daughter, need I say more? In a matter of weeks, I lost my energy, I lost my hair and I lost the bounce in my step. I felt ill, I looked ill though she never looked at me any different. She didn’t see a change, I was just mum. And I was determined to not let it (cancer) alter my abilities as her mum; cancer had taken so much from me, I wasn’t going to let it take anything from my daughter.”

The biggest hindrance

“Not being able to admit I wasn’t okay. I felt I had to be strong the whole time when I just wanted someone to accept I wasn’t okay. And having to send my daughter away while I spent 2 months in the hospital, as I had no family close by.”

Message to other fighters

“The low points in life make the highs feel higher! There is a strength within you, and it’s far more powerful than you thought, hold your head up and let that strength radiate into every day!”

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