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WE’RE OVARY-ACTING AT TERRYWHITE CHEMMART – AND PROUD

Four Australian women are diagnosed every day with ovarian cancer – the deadliest female cancer.

Join TerryWhite Chemmart to support Ovarian Cancer Australia by making a donation or purchasing teal merchandise in-store during the month of February. You can also get involved by hosting a fundraising event to ‘paint the town teal’. For more information visit paintthetownteal.net.au.

To donate to Ovarian Cancer Australia, click the ‘Donate Now’ button below:

Did you know…?

  • 1,600 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018
  • Over 1,000 women will die from the disease in 2018
  • There is currently no early detection test – the Cervical Screening Test does not detect ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any female cancer

It’s vital for women to be aware of the symptoms. Early detection gives women the greatest chance of survival.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer commonly include:

  • abdominal and pelvic pain
  • bloating or enlarged abdomen
  • the need to urinate frequently or urgently
  • feeling full after eating a small amount.

If these symptoms are new for you and you experience one or more of them persistently over a four-week period, please consult your GP.

Who is Ovarian Cancer Australia?

Ovarian Cancer Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation founded in 2001 by people directly affected by ovarian cancer. The organisation provides support for women and their families, raises community awareness of ovarian cancer and advocates for improved services for women. Ovarian Cancer Australia aims to save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.

The partnership between TerryWhite Chemmart and Ovarian Cancer Australia began with Chemmart in 2006; over the last 12 years we have raised a staggering $1.26 million together. Money raised goes toward raising awareness of ovarian cancer, research and support for women who have been diagnosed with the disease.

If you would like more information on ovarian cancer please visit ovariancancer.net.au.

Alisi’s Story

Hello, my name is Alisi and I am 25-years-old.

I was never really a fan of Christmas. But this year, I’m just happy to be alive and with my family.

Last year, on the 5th December, I was booked in for a biopsy to test the ‘cysts’ on my ovaries. Just before I went under anaesthetic, the surgeon said ‘there’s a suspicion that you have cancer’. That was the first time I had heard the word cancer mentioned.

When I woke up, the nurse told me that they had called my mum and she was on her way. That’s when I knew something was up. I waited about five hours for results. My anxiety levels were extremely high.

The nurse came into the waiting room with a look on her face.

She said ‘we found that you have ovarian cancer’ and she was explaining what they had found inside of me, but I can’t remember the words, I just went blank. I kept looking at my mum and then I started bawling my eyes out.

It hit my mother and father really hard, they were very upset. I’m number three of seven brothers and sisters, who were all just in shock. They kept asking why did it have to happen to me? We are a very close family.

My brother, sisters, aunty, best friend and parents shaved off their hair for me. Their support has been overwhelming.

From the biopsy, everything happened so quickly. I was booked in for a full hysterectomy two weeks later on the 19th December.

I reached out to OCA and they sent me a resilience kit, but I was in and out of hospital and my mental state made it hard for me to read. It was nice to know that there were people out there to support me if I needed it.

After the surgery. It’s hard to find the words. I was angry, very emotional and upset. I was also in so much pain. All the little things we take for granted felt impossible. Trying to sit-up, breathe on my own, I felt like a baby. I had to learn to walk and talk again. It was exhausting.

The doctors said I was covered with cancer, it was as though someone had sprinkled salt and pepper cancer all over my insides.

I was so sick the week of Christmas. I told my brothers and sisters not to come in. I looked like I was dying and I didn’t want them to see me that way.

I had been cut in half – had a full hysterectomy and half of my bowel removed. I didn’t really feel like celebrating.

The hardest news for me to take in, was the full hysterectomy. When I was first diagnosed, I was happily saying ‘I don’t even want to have kids, it’s fine’, but when that option was taken away from me, it really affected me.

My sisters said the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. It brought me to tears. They said ‘the least we could do is carry your child for you’.

Looking back, I should have taken the signs of ovarian cancer more seriously, but at the time I didn’t know much about it. I overlooked the bloating because I thought it was due to my job as a flight attendant. Then I had heavy bleeding for over a month, which I realised was not normal, but it stopped, and I let it go for a while. I should have acted earlier.

If I had one wish this Christmas, it would be that ovarian cancer has the profile of other cancers. Ovarian cancer is such an isolating experience and nobody really knows about it. It’s difficult to understand how such a serious killer can be so isolating?

So, my mission starts this Christmas, and I would love you to help me.

Please spread the word about ovarian cancer and donate to Ovarian Cancer Australia today.

Your donation will make a huge difference to people like me.

 

Yours gratefully,

Alisi


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