Fiona Williams, 46, first discovered she had fertility issues 20 years in the past.
Fiona, from Wishaw, Scotland, first acquired herself checked out by medical doctors in 2002, after struggling what she thought have been very heavy durations – that have been generally so intense her garments would find yourself soaked.
She was crushed to study that these ‘durations’ have been truly a collection of miscarriages attributable to polycystic ovaries.
‘We have been completely devastated however resigned ourselves to the truth that we’d by no means have the ability to have our personal child,’ mentioned Fiona.
‘Two months later, I went to the medical doctors pondering I had melancholy and feeling actually low.
‘They robotically did a being pregnant take a look at though I advised them I had been advised I could not have youngsters so it was unlikely. It was then I used to be advised I used to be undoubtedly pregnant.
‘I had an emergency C-section and was advised that I would not have the ability to have any extra youngsters.
‘Eight years later, I discovered I used to be pregnant once more, and I needed to have one other C-section. I needed to be resuscitated twice and was advised to kiss my husband and child goodbye.
‘Afterwards, they advised me once more that I would not have the ability to have one other child and it will be harmful if I did – however simply over a 12 months later, I discovered I used to be pregnant once more.’
Fiona, who’s now a full-time mum to her three children – Rhian (17), Thomas (9) and David (seven) – lately started having extreme again ache along with her heavy durations.
She was advised she had fibroids – non-cancerous growths within the uterus – and was prescribed tablets to assist with the heavy bleeding and ache.
Despite the fact that the capsules helped with a few of her discomfort, Fiona was not feeling 100% and had began having pains throughout her physique.
‘I went to the medical doctors a number of instances for ache throughout my physique continuously and in 2019 I used to be recognized with fibromyalgia,’ she mentioned.
‘Then in January 2021, I went to the medical doctors and had an inner examination, and the physician mentioned she thought she may really feel fibroids once more, so she despatched me for blood assessments and an ultrasound.
‘My blood assessments got here again clear besides I used to be anaemic, so I used to be referred for an ultrasound and despatched a request for a gynecology appointment.
‘The ultrasound simply confirmed fibroids once more, and I acquired a letter from the gynecologist to go and have a hysteroscopic polypectomy to take away the fibroids.
‘The display screen is true subsequent to you so I may see a big lump that was very veiny and seemed fairly fiery.’
Fiona waited 9 weeks to listen to the outcomes of the biopsy of the fibroids and, in June 2021, she was advised that she had endometrial most cancers.
She underwent a hysterectomy to take away her womb, however though some most cancers nonetheless remained in her omentum, one other surgical procedure couldn’t be scheduled for months due to the pandemic.
‘In addition to preliminary analysis after which pathology outcomes, I’ve needed to go to the hospital alone due to Covid,’ mentioned Fiona.
‘I wasn’t allowed guests after both of my operations. It was scary and really lonely.’
Whereas she was ready for this surgical procedure, Fiona began chemotherapy.
‘After my first chemotherapy session, I seen my hair was falling out – so I made a decision I wished to shave it off,’ mentioned Fiona.
‘I wished to take again management. This fashion most cancers and chemo weren’t taking my hair, I used to be.
‘I let my children assist shave my head, so that they could possibly be concerned after which it was a enjoyable factor, and it wasn’t so scary seeing their mum with no hair.’
Whereas most people in Fiona’s life have been supportive throughout this horribly powerful time, there have additionally been some disappointments.
‘My household has rallied round me a lot and I’ve actually felt so supported – and I’ve found who my actual associates are too,’ she mentioned.
‘My associates are at all times involved to ask how I’m and if I would like something which has been so beautiful.
‘Individuals I assumed have been my associates who I would been there for by their trivial dramas disappeared and do not even acknowledge my analysis so they’re now not a part of my life.
‘I’ve had a couple of messages from nameless folks saying I look bloated and unattractive- however I am not making an attempt to impress anybody anyway, so I do not care.’
Fiona has shared particulars of her most cancers journey on her Instagram @feebleeonasparklebutt, and wrote in a single put up: ‘I’ve misplaced followers since telling folks I’ve most cancers and posting footage of me with out my hair.
‘I’ve had folks inform me I look “ridiculous” “bloated” and “unattractive” and what? Not one f*** has been given!
I am not right here to impress anybody, I do not want anybody’s approval. I am right here to unfold consciousness about endometrial most cancers and attempt to keep optimistic about my analysis and therapy and talk about it with anybody who needs to know and share my struggle.’
Fiona mentioned that elevating consciousness has even helped different folks catch their very own most cancers early.
‘I’ve had a number of associates who due to studying my story have gotten themselves checked and three have needed to have hysterectomies because of irregular cells and most cancers current,’ she mentioned.
‘That is three lives which will have been misplaced had they not acquired checked out.’
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