• 01 APR 14
    • 0

    A very sad story: A teenager with ovarian cancer and her need to always be connected.

    The implications of the below story are all to obvious. Where did Sancia carry her phone, which she cannot bear to be separated from? Perhaps in her jeans pocket only inches from her ovaries?

    I have made comment to this story, perhaps others might also.

    Don

    ****************************************************************************************************************

    Courageous Sancia keeps on inspiring

    JENNIFER CRAWLEY
    Mercury
    April 01, 2014 12:00AM

    A BEAUTIFUL, brave, young girl this week heads to Melbourne for life-saving surgery.

    Sancia Fenton captured the hearts of Tasmania and the nation when she shared her story of ovarian cancer six weeks ago. She decided to go public to let others know the disease affects young girls, not just older women.

    Since her diagnosis on Christmas Eve, the Glenorchy schoolgirl has turned 14 and is about to embark on what she hopes is the final chapter in her cancer story — surgery.

    Two weeks after her story broke, the normally stoic teenager found herself very emotional and hid under the blankets crying.

    “ I still have little moments when I cry myself to sleep — I’ve got to accept the burden,’’ she said.

    After extensive chemotherapy, the mass around her ovary has shrunk from football size to baseball size and now to softball size — small enough for surgeons to remove at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

    She has a huge folder of homework to take with her, and plans to do some shopping with mum Joanne in the two-week recuperation period.

    And like other girls her age, she insists she will not be parted from her mobile phone, even trying to think of a way to sneak it into surgery.

    She is so comfortable with her bald head she forgets she has no hair.

    When she caught her reflection in the mirror the other day she was shocked.

    “I actually full-on forgot. I honestly don’t mind it. it’s comfortable and it means I can wear more make-up,’’ she said.

    People at Northgate Shopping Center have stopped her to praise her courage and inspiration, but Sancia does not agree she is particularly brave.

    “I’m just a normal girl,’’ she says, except her life is filled with chemotherapy ports, blood tests, medical appointments, and pain. She hopes that when she has the operation, doctors will remove two stents that have been inserted into her ureters to help with pressure from the ovarian mass.

    “I guess I want to thank everyone for their support — it’s been outstanding,’’ she said.

    Sancia will be left with one ovary — and the possibility of having her own children one day.

    She may also have to complete more chemotherapy cycles after surgery.

    View original article, and post comments if wanted

    Leave a reply →

Photostream