Newly Diagnosed

A diagnosis of ovarian cancer can be overwhelming and there is no wrong or right way to respond but connecting to others in a similar situation can help. Check in here to speak to other women about how they have coped with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. A place for you to ask questions and seek support.


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Newly diagnosed and scared

By Ellie | March 27, 2017

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Free scarves

By Robyn | October 22, 2016

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Surgery… helpful advice?

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Genetics and Ovarian Cancer

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Do you have a Resilience Kit?

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    • Newly diagnosed and scared
      Hi All,   No different to anyone else I'm sure.  Just recently diagnosed with stage 3, going in on Wednesday for surgery.  He said after the surgery he is going to hit me hard with chemo via a port, which will mean side affect hell.  Now I have gone downhill so quickly over the last 3 weeks I cannot even imagine what I am about to go through.  I have been in bed most days for the last week because it is zapping me and it is quite painful.  I do not like the pain meds as they make me feel out of reality and fuzzy in the head, so I will do without until after the surgery..  Sheesh this really sux!!
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    • Free scarves
      Hi everyone I have just found out that women can access free scarves and turbans at The New Peter Mac they have had this service available for 10 years. They borrow wigs and give away scarves and other headwear as well. I did not know that this service was available so I hope that it was useful to women who have been newly diagnosed. I ended up getting some Bandanas and scarves from my sisters. The silk ones are very slippery and just drive you crazy. I went to the look good feel great workshop- which was good because although I dont wear make-up they gave some good tips about head wear. Wishing you all a speedy recovery. Best wishes Robyn
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    • Surgery… helpful advice?
      Hello ladies. I am wondering if anyone has any particular words of advice for before or after surgery care/preparation? I am booked in next weekend for debulking surgery as my cancer has spread extensively to the bowel, omentum, stomach lining and some spots on the liver. The surgeons are estimating 5-8 hours of surgery time. I have been advised of the possibility of a stoma after the surgery, (possibly for a 6 month period) and large incision from sternum down. I have also been advised that there will probably be an epidural for pain relief afterwards and looking at a 5-6 day stay in hospital and at a further 3 weeks off work? Just interested in hearing if anyone has any advice that they wished they had been told prior to their surgery? Thank you ladies, cheers Nicole x
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    • 5 months, 4 weeks ago

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    • Do you have a Resilience Kit?
      We know that the time immediately following an ovarian cancer diagnosis can be a difficult one and it can be hard to find reliable, easy to understand information. Ovarian Cancer Australia produces the Resilience Kit, a book which includes information on all aspects of ovarian cancer, a diary to help keep track of treatments and appointments and insights from other women who have been through a similar experience. This resource is available for free to every woman in Australia with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. To order the Resilience Kit please click here. For those who have a copy already: how do you use your kit? What did you find most useful? Please feel free to share your thoughts and tips below.
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    • 6 months, 2 weeks ago

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