I went into hospital with pains in my abdomen, tests were run and they thought I might have a cyst on my ovaries. So they let me out of hospital with some medicines. But less than two weeks later I was rushed back into hospital and they found out that I have ovarian cancer. I cannot properly put into words what happened I seemed to be going in and out of hospital having surgery after surgery after surgery they talked about radio treatment, I think. But they opted for Chemo therapy. This meant more time in hospital I couldn’t cope with it was in hospital for days on end as I was so sick from the chemo.
I thought things would be alright, my husband had a job he took sick leave but the doctors bills kept coming in. I thought we had a free medical system but I was paying for a lot of tests and the medicine cost an arm and an leg. Within 6 months we were broke. We had to sell our house as I was unable to work and my husband was taking so much time off work. I was told that I was lucky that I already had a child because I wouldn’t be able to have anymore. I didn’t think this was lucky. I had a toddler who needed her mother and who we had intended to give her a brother or sister.
I was at home all the time when I wasn’t at the hospital, I felt alone and unwanted. No one came to visit me and I was too unwell to visit other people plus we only had one car.
I tried my best to keep the house clean and to take care of my daughter but there were times when the house was locked up and TV put on and I slept all day while she had to make do with crackers or whatever she could reach.
I was told about services that help people who are sick but found out that they cost money and we couldn’t afford any help coming in.