Erin being comforted in hospital

NZ woman’s message after ovarian cancer was dismissed by doctors

A New Zealand woman who was diagnosed with Stage Four Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer was initially dismissed by doctors as constipation or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Erin Bassett, 36, first visited a doctor after noticing changes to her body in July of 2019.

But it wasn’t until May 2020, almost a year later, that the Auckland local received the devastating diagnosis, which meant she wouldn’t be able to have children of her own…

After visiting a doctor, Erin’s symptoms were put down to constipation and she was sent home and told to eat some All-Bran….

Erin is now speaking about her experience to encourage others to trust their instincts and keep pushing to get a second opinion.

“It’s just to trust yourself and trust your instincts and keep going with those second opinions and not to be embarrassed as well,” she says.

Read more about Erin’s story on 7 News Australia