"I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October last year, I was 49 at the time.
I was experiencing some symptoms that are associated with ovarian cancer – I was bloated, I felt full after two mouthfuls of food, and I needed to urinate more often and lost complete bladder control.
I also experienced very painful heartburn and a sharp pain in my side. The pain was unbearable and my side became visibly swollen.
I went to the doctor she felt my side and sent an appointment out very quickly for an ultra sound.
The doctor at the hospital said I had a large cyst on my ovary and referred me for a CA125 blood test. When I received the results, the doctor told me I had ovarian cancer.
The word cancer was all I heard, I was in total shock.
In November I went to hospital in Aberdeen to get a full hysterectomy but when the surgeon opened me up I had two tumours growing on both my ovaries, which he removed.
I didn't get a full hysterectomy as I had lumps growing where there shouldn't be lumps and it would put my life in danger if they continued. I also had fluid that they got rid of.
I was allowed to go home a couple of days later and I recovered well. In January I was due to start my chemotherapy but was unable to as I had fluid in my lung that needed to be drained.
I finally started chemotherapy on the 9th of January. My first session was fine; I have been upbeat positive and get up in the morning with a smile on my face as I am so grateful for so many things.
Cancer doesn't have to be such a scary word. If you have a good sense of humour it can get you through so much and that's exactly what I have done.
I've recently finished my last chemotherapy session and will now hopefully be in remission.
I’m so grateful that I haven’t experienced particularly bad side affects with the chemotherapy and I can still do exercise and go out walking.
I hope that reading my story will help other women who are going through similar things."