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Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

“I’m cur­rently bat­tling my fifth oc­curence of ovar­ian can­cer in seven years, and my fourth round of chemo­ther­apy in five years. In 2007, when I was 42, I started hav­ing ab­dom­i­nal pain and dis­com­fort. I’m a speech pathol­o­gist and had been work­ing for years in hos­pi­tals with peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from ill­ness and in­jury, so I knew it was im­por­tant to get symptoms checked out.

At first doc­tors thought I had ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, then they tested me for other com­monly oc­cur­ing is­sues, but ev­ery­thing came back clear. It be­came more and more frus­trat­ing – I knew that

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