My name is Christine Moverley, I am 48 years old, and am married to my wonderful husband Louie of 12 years, we have a 9yr old daughter Sienna, who is the joy of our lives. I feel very honoured to be able to share my Ovarian Cancer story as part of Getting Glam for Gynae 2016.
Two points I wish to highlight by telling my story are;
1 - Know your body
2 - Appoint a GP who knows you well, who you trust and keep them for life.
I will go into more detail during my speech this evening but it’s those two points that keep coming back to me when I am quietly thinking about my situation. I couldn’t believe it when I was diagnosed and if I’m very honest it still doesn’t feel real. I was running my own home based beauty therapy business which I loved with a passion. We had just lived through the incredibly unbelievable Christchurch earthquakes and were genuinely counting ourselves lucky, especially since others around us had been hit devastatingly hard.
I was always aware of ovarian cancer, however in the back of my mind I felt more concerned about breast and cervical cancers, never in a million years did I expect to be told I had ovarian cancer (stage 4 to be exact). I have had chemo and surgery and I am now focusing on living, and I’m pleased to say that I am definitely living better and I am truly grateful for every day, such a cliché I know, but it’s true.