Danielle was just 23 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It took months of going back and forth to the hospital before finding out she had tumours on both of her ovaries and required immediate surgery.
As a new stylist in a busy salon in Reading, Danielle was experiencing excruciating pain in her side but battled on with her day-to-day. It wasn’t until her mum drove passed her walking down the street, almost bent double, that made her make an appointment with the GP.
Being so young, Danielle was suspected to have appendicitis and was sent straight on to A+E. It was a routine blood test that flagged something more serious could be at bay. It took months of visits back and forth to the hospital until she was finally diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Danielle was told she had tumours on both of her ovaries which was worrying as she had been trying to start a family.
Danielle, said: “My partner and I had been trying for a baby for a while now, so I think the biggest blow was hearing that the doctors couldn’t extract eggs from my ovaries as the tumours were too aggressive. I had a normal life and had just started a new job, then suddenly I had to quickly undergo extensive surgery in October 2015. When I woke up, I was told my ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed but I still had my womb.
All of a sudden I was 23 and going through the menopause. Luckily my boss has been amazing and I was able to go back to work gradually. My partner is incredible and has been my rock, I don’t know how I could have got through the last few years without him by my side. We’re hoping to be able to have a baby through IVF in 2018 and I want to share my story to encourage women at any age with symptoms that don’t feel right to go to their GP immediately”
**update January 2020
Danielle and her partner welcomed their beautiful daughter Frankie into the world on New Year’s Day 2020.