This festive season, we have been sharing the story of Kasie, a mother of three young children who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 28.
In 2016, while waiting for surgery, Kasie’s mass burst, leaving her in a serious condition. She spent the next three weeks in hospital and finally, when she was strong enough, Kasie underwent surgery followed by six weeks of chemotherapy.
This period was traumatic for her entire family. They all tried to make things as normal as possible for the children, but it was so hard on Kasie as life went on around her.
“I felt so alone even though I had my family around me. Lying in bed listening to everyone’s movements in the house. It was all the normal stuff but I wasn’t a part of it. I would just lie there and cry because I just wanted to be a mum again and look after my family.
After surgery and chemo life can be very different.
“I’d never thought I’d have to go through chemo let alone menopause. I had no idea that I’d end up having a hysterectomy or end up in menopause before I was 30. Recovering was hard enough but dealing with the other side-effects was just devastating.”
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Thankfully, Kasie’s recent tests have come back clear and she only needs check-ups every three months. Her attention at the moment is on the arrival of her brother’s first child – to everyone’s delight the baby is due on Christmas day!
“I’m just so happy to be here sharing these special moments with my family. We have been setting up the nursery and it looks beautiful. Christmas this year will be so special because we will all be together as a family.”
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It’s the little things that make a difference this festive season so thank you for your ongoing support and we wish you and your family a safe and happy festive season.