A CHILD mother who was told her symptoms were caused by IBS has now been warned she won’t see her daughter next birthday.
Estelle Wignall, 27 years old, Brooke’s mother, 17 months, started to feel tired and flatulence Five years ago.
At first, the doctors insisted she was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),can cause bloating as well as stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, and other stomach problems.
But Estelle’s symptoms got so bad that she was urgently hospitalized – and then sent home again with medication.
Estelle, from Wigan, said: “I picked up a flyer in the hospital about ovarian cancer and I immediately diagnosed myself.
“But people tell me not to be so stupid because I’m 22 years old.
“People say I’m a hypocrite. No one takes me seriously – but I just know. It’s an instinct.”
Estelle was sadly right. She now has stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread throughout her body.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed in nearly 7,500 women each year, with the risk increasing sharply from about age 40.
Survival from the disease has greatly improved over the past 40 years. But it still claims the lives of about 4,200 women each year, with 35% of patients living at least 10 years before being diagnosed.
Doctors told Estelle that she was terminally ill and that she was given palliative care.
Estelle, however, was not willing to give up her fight, and gave a Fundraising seek treatment abroad.
She said: “I feel like I’ve been wiped out, but I’m not ready to give up yet.
“I’m back before and I’m determined to do it again.
“I want to celebrate my little girl’s second birthday, I want to see her start school, I want to mark as many milestones as I can.”
After Estelle saw the flyer in the hospital, she did tests and finally in February 2017 she received a diagnosis of grade one ovarian cancer.
She had a tumor removed, along with her right ovary and fallopian tube.
After making a full recovery, she put her cancer aside, worked as a receptionist, and married her soulmate Mike, 26, in June 2019 in Texas.
The couple had their first child, Brooke, in May 2020.
Estelle said: ‘I only have one ovary, and getting pregnant so quickly was like a miracle.
“I didn’t have regular checkups because I was pregnant, and during the delivery, the midwife actually noticed the nodules on my cervix and I was referred for further tests, the results clear return.
“We love Brooke and the future looks great.
“I actually planned a hysterectomy so that there is no chance of cancer recurrence”.
But before the procedure, Estelle began to feel unwell, exhausted, and lost her appetite.
She said: “I started a 12-week diet challenge, to lose weight for my baby. I just need to lose one stone, that’s all.
“But I started to feel very tired and i have no appetite. I thought it was all down to the diet – but it got worse and I started to think the cancer might come back.”
In November 2020, Estelle was taken for an emergency CT scan and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which had spread to her liver and lungs.
“I was devastated,” she said. The first time I had cancer, I coped well.
“But this time, for Brooke, I am heartbroken. She was only six months old and it felt so cruel.
“I’m just starting out as a mother, and I don’t want it to be taken away.”
Estelle was initially told her life expectancy was only two or three years but her outlook improved after treatment and a series of alternative therapies.
“There were times when I felt like I couldn’t go on,” she said. I considered euthanasia.
“But I kept going, and I got my spirits up.”
Recent scans show the cancer has once again spread to the intestines and Estelle is now being warned that her time is running out.
She said: “I’ve been on the brink before and I’m back and I’m determined to do it again.
“I can’t give up, I have too much to live and I am determined to seek treatment abroad.
“I also hope that my story can help other women, the important thing is that no matter how young you are, follow your instincts and be determined to find the answer.
“Don’t be fooled – it could cost you your life.”
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
More than 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year.
This makes ovarian cancer the fifth most common cancer in women, after breast, lung, bowel and uterine cancers.
More than 8 out of 10 cases of ovarian cancer occur in women over the age of 50.
The postcode lottery means that one in five patients is found to have advanced disease, Target Ovarian Cancer said. 1/5 of sick women cannot be treated.
About 90% of women survive cancer if it’s detected at its earliest stages, but this number drops dramatically when it’s delayed.
In stage 2, only 40 out of 100 people will survive, and this number drops to just 5% in the most severe stage.
- Pain in your abdomen or pelvic area
- Feel full quickly when eating
- Need to urinate more often
- Change poo habits
- Unexplained weight loss
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