Dubbed “secret killer”, Ovarian cancer is becoming one of the deadliest disease for women. Since its symptom can all be ignored at the early stage, many people unfortunately fail to take any measure before it’s too late.Therefore, this mother of two is making her best effort to save lives by spreading her experience.
In September, 35-year-old Erin Barrett from Vancouver, Canada Erin Barrett was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after she gave birth to her daughter.She has now had her left ovary, fallopian tube and a six pound tumour removed.
When she first shared her own story on Facebook, she completely had no idea that it would go viral.In return to the overwhelming support from the Facebook community, she made up her mind to arise people’s awareness of the “slient killer”.
She confessed that telling her own story was hard, but worth it if it meant other women would catch the symptoms early.In a post on her Facebook page, Erin asked readers to please take 15 seconds to describe the symptoms of ovarian cancer, which are subtle, to the women in their lives.
She’s determined to get the message out to at least 580 women, as the odds of getting the cancer are 1 in 58,and , and she wants helped at least ten women get an early diagnosis.Instead, the post has been shared over 260,000 times since Barnett posted it on December 23.
Barrett listed symptoms as:
• 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 diarrhoea)
• Feeling tired all the time
Thousands of people have responded to thank Barrett for her heartfelt call to be tested.”Hundreds of women have now made an appointment to see their doctor. I can’t imagine anything better. Well, not having cancer, that would be a bit better. But if even one woman is able to receive an early diagnosis then it will all be 100% worth it. Dodgy hair and all,” she wrote.
Erin has just finished her chemo treatment recently, and she is confident with her cure next. She wrote, “Don’t worry, I’ve decided that I’ll be fine, and that’s just the way it is. 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.”
Erin said,”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.”Well, maybe gratitude is always best delivered by passing love and care for others. It’s so brave and inspiring to share one’s personal battle against ovarian cancer to help people reveal the slient killer as early as possible.