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Mum who might not make it to 50 urges women to take symptoms seriously

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Christchurch’s mother says it’s painful to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but it’s unacceptable to know that there was no screening for it.

“If I had a lump in my breast, it didn’t take long to get a diagnosis,” says 34-year-old Sarah Luxon, who is still saddened by the loss of her baby.

“I feel it’s unfair. I turned to a smear and checked my chest. No one can tell me what to look out for in a gynecological cancer.”

After more than a year, Luxon was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2021 and made “a great deal of effort” to convince medical professionals to investigate her condition.

She initially passed through a series of digestive problems, such as bloating and abnormal bowel movements, without checking and rejected herself as an overreaction.

“They were all that women would have at once,” she said.

When I found a lump in my pelvis, I thought it was a pregnancy-related hernia and tried to wait for it.

When she became tired, she went to the doctor. After she visited several times, she felt she was “painful”, but she continued to insist on herself.

“Something was wrong … you know your body.”

She pushed harder to be introduced for further testing. She requested a copy of her medical record, hoping to find her answer.

“No matter what the report says, I was always told that the best option was what I had,” she said.

She found a record of an ovarian tumor that she had picked up in a previous scan. She said, “I just went, so I passed it at that time,” Oh, my ovaries are big, of course, because I have polycystic ovary syndrome. “

She now has a survival time of 5 to 15 years and did not want the person with the womb to be in her position.

Kiwi dies of ovarian cancer every 48 hours, and about 300 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Statistically, it’s rare.

“The problem is that there isn’t enough research. [on ovarian cancer] To know what medicines should be given to people to stop the progression of the disease, “Luxon said.

“I really had a hard time holding my head next to the people in the chemotherapy room. Some of them go,” Yeah, I have this, so I do this, then this And I’m done.”

“The rest of your life will be monitored for three months. If you’re lucky, it will take more than 15 years. If you’re unlucky, it’s less than five years. That makes a big difference in your child’s life.”

On her blog The joy of small things, She talks about the “messiness” of life in a state of sadness. Despite the support of her friends and Whānau, she said it was a lonely journey to deal with the feelings of suffering from cancer while mourning the loss of her child.

Her little daughter Mackenzie died in 2017 just 13 days after her medical condition.

“I don’t want anyone else to feel that way. Somehow I want to convey the message that I’m here and willing to talk.”

When she stopped working, she was able to spend time with Tamariki (2-year-old Willa and 7-year-old Hazel, 19-year-old stepdaughter) and she was able to talk about her illness.

“I told her I had cancer … but from a prognostic point of view, I don’t know how to explain this to a 7 year old child. Oncologists explain it to me. I can’t even do that. “

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