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Resilience kit
Resilience kit

Resilience - a free guide and personal record for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"I was shocked and scared when I found out I had ovarian cancer. Everything in my life instantly changed, but this guide helped me put some order and structure back in my life" - Carmel

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Facts figures and statistics give us important information about ovarian cancer, but each woman is an individual and her journey is never the same as any other.

Here many brave women, and their family and friends, share their individual stories with you.

Have you or someone close to you been touched by ovarian cancer?

We invite you to share your story to provide information and inspiration for other women affected and their families. To submit your story please contact us.

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A tribute to my mother, by Kerry Vincent

 

Dearest Mother,

The day you left time stood still for a moment that seemed to go on forever, it took my breath away. You know, after twenty-one years feelings have...

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Laura and Jenny Barnhurst
Jenny and Laura

A tribute to my beautiful mum Jenny, by Laura

I remember the phone call well – mum rang me from hospital after she had been admitted for what I thought...

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Vicki
Vicki, mother of 3, grandmother of 8!

My name is Vicki and I am 54 years of age. I am a married mother of three and grandmother of 8. I work full time shift work. One morning I noticed my stomach bloating more...

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Jane and Heather

In November 2011 I got a phone call from my 31 year old daughter, Jane, who lives in Melbourne. She said, "Mum, I have ongoing pain in the lower right side of my abdomen, quite sharp”. I...

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Rhonda and family
Rhonda and Ashlea

Our beautiful Mum was diagnosed with stage IIIc ovarian cancer in June 2008. In the year leading up to her diagnosis, we had watched Mum battle through recovery from a serious car accident,...

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Julie Morgam and daughters
Julie M

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2013. I’d had pain around my ovaries for a few months and went to the doctor in May. After an ultrasound it was concluded that I had dermoid...

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Bec

I was 30 years old when I presented to emergency on Friday the 3rd of February with intense stabbing abdominal pain. I had not picked up any other symptoms. I had just returned from a long...

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Marg
Marg

My history with ovarian cancer begins in late 1999; in my early sixties I was diagnosed with Stage 2A, had a hysterectomy and began chemotherapy of taxol and carboplatin which kept me well until...

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Kerry Vincent
Kerry

My mother Dorothy Frances Flynn nee Farmer was a family colossus. Comfortable in her skin, she was just as ‘at home’ stripping down a car engine as she was in the kitchen baking a...

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Madeleine
Madeleine

Hi my name is Madeleine, I was born in Romania from Armenian parents and I moved to Australia in 1995. One of the things I had always wanted to do since coming to Australia was to explore...

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Ilka
Ilka

My name is Ilka and in May 2011 I began a journey that didn’t result in a holiday or a job in a foreign land. 

In late 2010 during my third year working in Dubai I started...

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Noeleen McRae
Noeleen

I was diagnosed with Stage 3III ovarian cancer in May 2008. I had been feeling unwell with vague symptoms and bloating, which I just passed off as middle-age spread. My GP ordered a series of...

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Sharon & Emily
Sharon

It was March 2012, I was 33, and it was a few days before Easter when I went to my doctor. I was due for a pap smear which I had been putting off, and had noticed a few others things that had...

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Bev Gray
Bev

A tribute to Bev Gray, by her husband Tony Gray

Bev was a primary school teacher and worked at several public schools and at St. Catherine's, Toorak, before taking...

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Dayle Walker
Dayle

In November 2009 my life was turned upside down. I was 52 and going through menopause. I was also very busy and rather stressed since my seriously ill and elderly Mother had moved in so my...

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Juliet

G’day. My name is Juliet, I’m 65 years old and I live in Gippsland, Victoria.

My initial diagnosis came as a shock. It was initially thought that I had Gallstones ...

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Janet
Janet

My name is Janet and I live in Melbourne.  I still don't know why I went to the doctor in January 2010, except to say that I thought I must be menopausal - not sleeping well, grumpy, and...

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Tamara

My name is Tamara and I live in Brisbane. I was 27 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 1C ovarian cancer in July 2012.

In September 2011, I had been quite ill with viral...

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Merran

My name is Merran and I am 59 years old, and live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
 
I am happily married to my husband John, and have 3 adult children; a married...

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Fay Nicholson
Fay

My name is Fay and I am 72 years old.  I live in Hobart.

I have a husband, 2 adult daughters and 2 teenage grandsons.  My daughters and their partners and my grandsons all...

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Kay Campbell
Kay

My name is Kay and I am 47, living in Brisbane. I was diagnosed in May 2008 just a few days before my daughter’s 6th birthday.

I had had a bloated tummy on and off for several...

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Noreen
Noreen

My name is Noreen and this is my story...

I was a registered nurse working full time. I was fit and healthy. I had regular health checks.

When patients under my care reported...

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sandra mason
Sandra M

 

I was diagnosed with Stage 3a borderline ovarian cancer in September 2010. The cancer was in both ovaries, had spread to the omentum, and was non-invasive.  My specialist...

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Katherine

At the end of 2008, I graduated from QUT and commenced my teaching career up in North Queensland in a town called Collinsville.  I loved every minute of it!  I was 22, I had moved out...

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Liz Hollingsworth
Liz

It all began with a constant niggling pain in my right groin area. In December 2006 I went to the local doctor who thought I had just pulled a muscle and gave me a referral for physiotherapist....

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Julie

I was only 34 when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Christmas Eve 1998. I had cancer stage 2c, and I understand there was a 65% chance I might die within 5 years. I’m still here...

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Sandra Anderson
Sandra

I had an unusual experience as I was initially diagnosed (ultrasounds, CT, blood tests etc) with a benign teratoma. While it was very big – around the size of a 5 month foetus, it was...

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Soula
Soula

I was first touched by cancer when my mother was diagnosed with advanced Ovarian Cancer 20 years ago. The doctors hadn't given her much hope and chemotherapy treatment wasn't even encouraged...

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carmel
Carmel

In March 2010, my husband Mark and I set off on a trip to Italy, France and England to re-trace a trip of 30 years earlier. It was a prize in a raffle.  I felt very well when we left except...

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Elizabeth

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2009 in my early 40s after my GP initially thought I had early menopause. I insisted it was something more and an ultrasound revealed a massive cyst...

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Christine

My name is Christine and I’m 22, living in Perth, Western Australia. I also have been diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer.

In January 2012,  I went to the doctor after two...

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Ilka
Ilka

My name is Ilka and in May 2011 I began a journey that didn’t result in a holiday or a job...

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