During 35-year-old Erin Barrett’s second pregnancy, she began to experience “overwhelming pain.” The doctor decided to do some scans on the mother. It was there that she discovered she had a six-pound tumor, bigger than a volleyball. Three days later, Erin gave birth to a healthy little girl. At the same time, she had the tumor, her left ovary, and fallopian tube removed. Erin was promptly diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. The mom will undergo radiation treatment to ensure the cancer hasn’t spread.
For more information on ovarian cancer, please see these 10 important warning signs of the “silent killer.”
While Erin remains optimistic about the future and her health, she did want to share one important message with women and anyone who has a woman in their life. “It made me sort of a bit anxious putting it out in public like that — I’m a very private person,” Erin told The Province.
See this mother’s important message below…
“I’ve debated long and hard about posting anything here about my health. This feels like a very personal journey, yet, at the same time, one I want to make sure as many women as possible can avoid. So, with raising awareness in mind, I’ve decided to share what’s going on with me and my ovaries. Actually, ovary. Singular.”
“I happily gave birth to a wonderful baby girl, Edie, on September 24. Less joyfully, at the same time I also had my left ovary, fallopian tube, and a nearly 6 lb. tumour we jokingly named Ozzy removed. Shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with stage 1c, grade 1 ovarian cancer. The stage and grade are important because it means they caught it early.
I am currently going through chemo and will start radiation at the end of January.”
“I feel nothing but positive in regards to my outcome and future plans. Plans that include never facing this again. And growing my hair back. People have asked me what they can do to help. This is something I have struggled with as I have been so well looked after. My decision is to ask you all to help me raise awareness.They call ovarian cancer the silent killer. This is because the symptoms are so subtle that it is often caught too late. Currently, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 1 in 58 (compared to 1 in 7 for breast cancer).
I want the next ten women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer to be diagnosed early. This means I need your help in telling 580 women about the symptoms.”
“Take 15 seconds — that’s all it takes — to tell two or three women in your life about the symptoms. This could be your wife, your mother, your sister, your daughter — any woman you care about… Here we go:
• Persistent stomach pain
• Persistent bloating
• Finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly
• Needing to pee more often
• Back pain
• Changes to bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
• Feeling tired all the time
If any or all of these are present, especially in women 40+, please PLEASE go see your doctor. You’re not wasting anyone’s time, you’re being smart and ensuring you’ll be around for the long haul for the people you love.”
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