Before her cancer diagnosis in 2003, Cheryl Waller was enjoying a motorhome lifestyle with her wife, going on lots of trips, and working a nine-to-five job.
But during a holiday in Queensland with her wife, the then 44-year-old knew something was wrong.
“We did a rum tasting, and I was violently ill even though I hadn’t drunk much,” Cheryl said.
“We came home from holidays and went and saw my GP. She was ruling out things like an infection or bowel obstruction, and she sent me for a CT scan. It came back showing something.
“My GP said she thought I had ovarian cancer, and that if I did, I had a fifty-fifty chance of surviving. My first thought was, I’m not going to be one of that 50% that don’t survive. A 50% chance isn’t good enough – I still had a lot of living to do.”
Tests on fluid samples from Cheryl’s stomach confirmed that she had stage 3C ovarian cancer. This is when the cancer has spread beyond the pelvis to the lining of the abdomen or to nearby lymph…