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Lyn's Marathons 4 Ovarian Cancer: A Journey of Resilience and Awareness

Published Tue 07 May 2024

Lyn's journey with ovarian cancer began with a lack of awareness, but her resilience and determination are shaping a new chapter—one where she confronts the disease head-on while raising awareness for others.

Reflecting on her journey, Lyn recalls, "I didn’t know about ovarian cancer." Despite experiencing classic symptoms like bloating, fatigue, and loss of appetite in 2020, Lyn's concerns were initially dismissed. Even being asked if she was pregnant due to bloating couldn't prepare her for the diagnosis that would follow.

A normal pelvic ultrasound in April 2021 and a GP who didn't raise concerns about ovarian cancer led Lyn to attribute her symptoms to other factors like diverticular disease and aging. However, a persistent lump in her groin prompted further investigation, eventually leading to the sobering diagnosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer in June 2022.

Lyn's story sheds light on the harsh reality of ovarian cancer in Australia. Every day, five women are diagnosed, and three lose their lives to this silent killer. Shockingly, less than 50% of women, some still in their teens, survive beyond five years post-diagnosis—a statistic that underscores the urgency for increased awareness and support.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and easily attributed to other conditions, leading to delayed diagnosis. With no definitive screening tests available, the importance of recognizing and persistently advocating for symptoms cannot be overstated. Lyn urges, "If symptoms persist, record them in a diary. Tell your GP. Further tests may be needed."

Despite the challenges of treatment, Lyn refuses to let cancer define her. Inspired by her love for fitness and activity, she's embarking on a monumental challenge—Marathons 4 Ovarian Cancer. Starting on World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, May 8th, Lyn will tackle a daily circuit of cycling, rowing, and swimming at Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope. Over 42 consecutive days, she aims to complete the equivalent of 5 and ½ marathons—a testament to her resilience and determination.

As Lyn prepares for this challenge, she seeks the support of her community. "Your support for Marathons 4 Cancer will provide enormous encouragement to tackle this challenge head-on," she shares. Together, let's rally behind Lyn as she embarks on this journey of resilience, raising awareness for ovarian cancer and inspiring hope for a brighter future.

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