Three is Christina Henry’s fortunate quantity. It is the wide variety that saved her lifestyles. It took three investigations to find out that she did indeed have level 1 ovarian most cancers no matter the preliminary results coming lower back clean.


Approximately four hundred Irish women are recognized with it every year, says Joan Kelly, most cancers assist supervisor with the Irish Cancer Society. “Ovarian most cancers have an excessive mortality fee with approximately 270 women die from the ailment every year. Around half of all cases are inside the over-65 age bracket.”

This can be related to the truth that they’ve gone via the menopause, have a family record or have acquired HRT, says Joan.

Christina, now aged 71, turned into simply returned from a family holiday in Kenmare in June 2018 whilst she had a vaginal bleed. She went to her GP as quickly as she may want to. “I didn’t waste any time,” she says.

Other signs and symptoms of ovarian include feeling bloated, consuming less and feeling full greater quick, abdominal or pelvic ache, and adjustments in bowel or bladder conduct.

Christina, who is in the beginning from Mayo, moved to Dublin in 1966 while she trained as a primary-school trainer. The mom-of-four taught for 36 years earlier than retiring in 2004. She says that the most effective time she has slowed down became when her most cancers changed into found.

When she had the bleed, Christina says she changed into frantic with worry, however, she became quickly capable of getting an appointment to look a gynecologist in the Rotunda Hospital. She had a chain of exams in late July and needed to wait for the effects.

I had myself useless and buried. That’s the worst time, really, when you’re looking forward to outcomes.

Although the initial outcomes have been clear, her representative became suspicious and he performed in addition investigations. It became only then that a cyst on Christina’s left ovary became spotted. He informed her she wanted a hysterectomy.

She becomes booked into the Rotunda on October 18. Although it’s a chief operation, Christina followed a zen method to her recovery

“I just go together with matters, that’s the way I deal with surgical treatment and things like that.”

She says her high-quality outlook comes with age. “Life teaches you.”

Her son Paul become with her whilst her representative gently broke the news that she could need to attend the Mater Private for chemotherapy.

It became due to start in early December but changed into not on time because Christina had to go through a 2d procedure.

For Christina, the after-results of this keyhole surgical treatment were even worse than those of the hysterectomy, as her entire abdomen become gentle afterward. She says that she couldn’t do an issue for Christmas, however, her own family took over.

“They’d tell me to head and sit down and, positive, I’d handiest be sitting down when they’d are available in and inquire from me how long something would take. The primary things to me are the cake and the pudding, and I had them accomplished in advance, and I made the stuffing. We were given through it, and it was grand.”

Her six sessions of chemo commenced in February.

The most cancers were long past, as far as they have been involved, however, they gave me the chemo because it turned into so competitive and rare.

Christina completed the remedy in June and is now in remission. She has currently stopped carrying a wig, now that her own hair is developing returned. “I say to human beings, I can’t understand why it’s grey!”

She is full of rewards for her medical staff. “I felt safe with them. I felt from the beginning that I was in excellent palms.”

Christina recommends that those facing a comparable prognosis try to continue to be positive and take each day as it comes.

“You could have facet-consequences from the chemo but they don’t close. I in no way stayed in bed for one day. It’s lethal to stay in bed. Do normal matters as pleasant you can without overdoing it.”