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What cancer were you diagnosed with? 26

At what age were you diagnosed? Ovarian Germ Cell Cancer

What has helped you to thrive? I am a strong believer in positivity and believe my positive outlook throughout has played a massive part in me being here today. Luckily I am extremely close with my family and have had their amazing support along with my friends and wouldn't have been able to get through it without them.


Jo's Story

In the summer of 2013 at the age of 26 I was diagnosed with Ovarian Germ Cell Cancer, and my life got turned upside down and inside out. I had always lived a pretty 'normal' life, I had returned from travelling in Australia and Thailand the year before, and had graduated from University in 2010. I had my dream job, a new flat and my friends and family around me. The last thing in the world I expected was to be diagnosed with cancer.

I had my initial operation to remove the tumour in the summer of 2013 and was told I was thankfully in remission. But unfortunately on 13th June 2014 I found out I had relapsed and I would now have to start a 10 week Chemotherapy regime. Cancer had reared its ugly head again and and I was no longer able to lead a 'normal life' as I had always known and planned. Instead of settling down and organising my wedding, having a baby or focusing on my career like all my friends, I now had to deal with chemotherapy, operations, losing my hair and everything else that cancer throws at you along with the impending thought of dying.

That was just over a year ago and I have since had 10 weeks of chemotherapy, another major operation, another week of chemo and 2 cycles of high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant at the beginning of this year. I finished my last treatment in May 2015 and so far the stem cells and chemotherapy are doing their job and I am in remission.

It has been an extremely tough couple of years (mentally, physically & emotionally!). But I have made it through the treatment with the support of my amazing family and friends. I am now determined to look after my body to ensure cancer does not win. I am a strong believer in positivity and believe my positive outlook throughout has played a massive part in me being here today. Luckily I am extremely close with my family and have had their amazing support along with my friends and wouldn't have been able to get through it without them.

As much as my family and friends have tried to understand how I feel, emotionally and physically, it has been hard not having someone of a similar age to talk to who actually has or is going through the cancer journey and truly understands. I have found the majority of support out there is predominantly for children up to teenage years or for much older people. When I was told about Trekstock I was really excited about finally finding a support and information network specifically aimed at people my kind of age. I am really looking forward to getting involved, meeting new people to share experiences and feelings and I am passionate about trying to help others who are also in the fight against this horrible disease.