Woman whose 'bloated' stomach turned out to be two tumours reveals she is now cancer free; Sarah Nicholson, of Newcastle, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 25 but a year later she has been told she has no signs of the disease.
Byline: Sonia Sharma
This time last year, Sarah Nicholson was given the devastating news that she had ovarian cancer - and it was one stage away from being terminal.
She was 25 years old and didn't know if she would live or die.
But, 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.
"I'm incredibly grateful," she said. "I feel like I've been given a second opportunity, to give life another shot."
Her ordeal began in 2017 when she developed what she thought was a bloated stomach.
She 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.
Woman's shock as 'bloated' stomach turned out to be two tumours - one the size of a rugby ball
One was 10lbs - the size of a rugby ball - and the other was as big as an orange at 4lbs.
Sarah, ofCochrane 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.
"Everything seems to be going well," said Sarah. "I need to keep going back for check-ups and hopefully everything will be ok.
"I didn't know if I would make it to my next birthday but I will be celebrating my 27th this weekend. I feel like I can get on with my life now.
"And it is my aim to turn this whole experience around and ensure that I can make a positive from a very negative situation."
Sarah has organised a fundraising event, called 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, twocharitiesthat helped Sarah.
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She has also started a JustGiving page, which has raised more than [pounds sterling]2,500.
Target Ovarian Cancer says [pounds sterling]250 could fund a day of research into ovarian cancer and [pounds sterling]1,000 could fund training for 140 GPs to update their knowledge of the disease and best practice for early diagnosis.
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Credit: Newcastle Chronicle
Sarah Nicholson, from Cochrane Park
Credit: Sarah Nicholson
Sarah Nicholson, when she was being treated in hospital