Hello, my name is Kristen Larsen, I’m 25 years old, and in the battle of my life against Ovarian Cancer.
At the age of 21, I was living my dream of a working holiday in London. I had been living a busy and active lifestyle and thought I was invincible. I was having the best time, that is, until my world came crashing down around me…Advanced…Ovarian…Cancer.
I’d woken up one morning with severe abdominal pain, it was so crippling that I actually went straight to my GP. After testing me for pregnancy, my Doctor sent me off to the Royal London Hospital with suspected appendicitis. There, they discovered that I had Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. Unsuspectingly, it had spread throughout my abdomen, around my large bowel, by my liver and even up to my diaphragm. I immediately went into fight mode. This meant enduring rounds of chemotherapy and an 11 hour surgery.
Now 4 years later, I’ve had 7 surgeries, 3 different regimens of chemotherapy, 3 types of hormone therapy, 3 clinical studies and 2 clinical trials, but I still have Ovarian Cancer!
These are short stories from this journey.