Two weeks later, Laura met with surgeons, who gave her a heartbreaking choice – whether to have one ovary removed, or a complete hysterectomy, which would leave her unable to have more children.
“I already had Harry, but I would have liked to have had more children,” she said.
“It was difficult but I decided on the full hysterectomy – I didn’t want my cancer coming back.
“Afterwards doctors told me I’d made the right choice. I had stage 1c cancer, meaning the cancer cells weren’t contained in my ovary.
“I’d have needed the hysterectomy eventually anyway.”
Now, Laura is nearing the end of her course of chemotherapy and doctors are confident she can be cured.
Her treatment has been gruelling, with each round leaving her feeling constantly sick for a week afterwards.
She has also lost her hair.
“My hair started coming out in clumps, so I decided to just get a friend to shave it,” she said. “I didn’t want to just watch it fall out.
“It was a really emotional experience. My mum and dad came round and everybody cried – even my friend that was shaving my head.”
Laura has also been busy promoting Target Ovarian Cancer, hosting a coffee morning to raise money for the charity.
She is also keen for women to be more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
“I don’t think people are sure of symptoms. There’s not a definite list, they’re all a bit vague and lots of them could mean other things,” she said.
“There’s no screening for ovarian cancer like there is with the smear test for cervical.
“Women need to know the signs because early diagnosis is the best chance of survival.”
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