Ann’s story

In Blog, Our Stories by karineumeyer

Ann Stevenson of Merseyside, England, was diagnosed with stage 3C low-grade serous ovarian cancer in 2021 at the age of 61. 

“My whole world fell apart on diagnosis through a laparoscopy to remove my ovaries and cysts,” she said. “The procedure never took place as on entering the abdomen my gynaecologist was horrified (her words). She thought I had Tuberculosis because it was everywhere.”

Ann was told she had been walking around for 10 to 15 years with cancer growing inside her, despite having scans every six months for about 3 to 4 years and CA-125 tests.

“When I got my head around it, I asked why wasn’t this picked up as I’ve had a good few operations,” she said. “I was told all results showed normal.”

After three CT scans over the next couple months, Ann was referred to Christie Hospital in Manchester for surgery.

“I pray for more research to find a way to stop this demon in its tracks,” said Ann, who was told her cancer is terminal.

“If we can save any ladies going through this horrible disease, we are winning,” she said. “Let’s stop this early.”