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Sarah to help cancer cause after winning fight for life; SUFFERER PLANNING MAJOR FUND-RAISER.

Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@reachplc.com

THIS time last year, Sarah Nicholson was given the devastating news she had ovarian cancer - and it was one stage away from being terminal.

She was 25 years old and did not know if she would live or die.

Now, after a brave battle against the disease, Sarah has been told she is cancer free.

She is now looking forward to her 27th birthday and has vowed to help raise money and awareness of ovarian cancer charities in an effort to help others.

Sarah said: "I am incredibly grateful. I feel like I have been given a second opportunity, to give life another shot."

|| Sarah's " Her ordeal began in 2017 when she developed what she thought was a bloated stomach.

Sarah also had symptoms such as abdominal pain and constant tiredness and was feeling full quickly. In addition, there was a change in her toilet habits.

It was initially thought she may have irritable bowel syndrome but scans later revealed two large tumours in her ovary.

One was 10lbs - the size of a rugby ball - and the other was as big as an orange at 4lbs.

Sarah, of Cochrane Park, Newcastle, had surgery to remove the tumours and also made the heartbreaking decision to have a full hysterectomy, which means she will not be able to have children.

She went on to have 18 weeks of chemotherapy and was finally told her scans showed no evidence of disease.

She added: "Everything seems to be going well.

"I need to keep going back for checkups and hopefully everything will be OK.

"I did not know if I would make it to my next birthday but I will be celebrating my 27th this weekend.

ribbon tattoo "I feel like I can get on with my life now.

"It is my aim to turn this whole experience around and ensure I can take a positive from a very negative situation."

Sarah has organised a fundraising event, Sarah's Ovary-Action, which will take place at The Assembly Rooms in Newcastle on Saturday. Around 240 people, some traveling from as far as New Zealand, have bought tickets to attend.

The money raised will go towards Target Ovarian Cancer and Maggie's Cancer Care Centres, two charities which helped Sarah.

She has also started a JustGiving page, which has raised more than PS2,500.

Target Ovarian Cancer says PS250 could fund a day of research into ovarian cancer and PS1,000 could fund training for 140 GPs to update their knowledge of the disease and best practice for early diagnosis.

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Sarah Nicolson from Cochrane Park, who has survived ovarian cancer

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