Amber's story: breaking the stigma around gynaecological cancer
Gynaecological cancer awareness. At 35, Amber was diagnosed with cervical cancer when 8 months pregnant. Today she shares her story to end the shame on gynaecological cancer and empower women to talk to their doctors about their health below the belt.
Signs & symptoms
I had no signs and symptoms at all - a very healthy and active life prior to my diagnosis. It really felt like it sneaked up on me.
Cancer was found during a routine baby exam appointment. I was 8 months pregnant when the cancer was discovered. I chose to forgo treatment until after my daughter was born.
My new normal
Even 4 years out, I still don’t recognise my body, I feel like my body is changing and experiencing new things that I have to face all the time. I’m cancer free but it still has a strong hold on my health. I have to continue to advocate for my health and even more now after cancer.
Breaking the stigma
We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about the parts of our bodies that help bring humans into the world. Women should feel empowered to talk to their doctors.
Telling our stories helps break that barrier and I believe we are getting to a better place to do that. I wasn’t always brave to speak about it, but other women sharing has helped me pave the way to talk about my cancer journey.
I look at my daughter and think of how brave I want her to be about advocating for her body. I want to set a strong example for her.
Amber and Mel