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Living With Ovarian Cancer Podcast

Living With Ovarian Cancer Podcast

By Diane Evans-Wood
Living with Ovarian Cancer is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is unique and is told from the heart in their own words.
My name is Diane Evans-Wood, and I am living with advanced Ovarian Cancer. This is the Podcast that I was searching for when I was newly diagnosed when I lay awake in the middle of the night with my thoughts churning round relentlessly.
Each Podcast is a unique gift and an ever lasting legacy to the women who have taken part.
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Ep 13 Helen the Crochet Queen
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by people or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each person’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, I am talking to Helen Goldstraw who is living with a rare sub-type of Ovarian Cancer known as Granulosa Cell. She tells me about herself, her career at Royal Doulton and as a childminder and how she has learned to crochet during the Coronavirus pandemic. Currently, she’s being rather industrious and organised by crocheting Christmas presents. Helen told me about how Granulosa Cell Ovarian Cancer has a different blood marker and how it behaves differently to other sub-types of ovarian cancer. Helen now lives with a stoma which we talk about in some detail. She mentioned where she got support from Ovacome and a private Facebook group known as Granulosa Cell Survivor Sisters! Ovacome was also mentioned as a huge support to Helen and can be found here https://www.ovacome.org.uk Helen mentioned a support group that covers Staffordshire. For more details please follow this link: https://www.ovacome.org.uk/Event/staffordshire-ovarian-cancer-support-group To find Granulosa Cell Survivor Sisters! please type the name of the group into the search bar on your Facebook page. I can’t share the link as it is a private group. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:11:07
October 12, 2021
Ep 12 Julie Flying High
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by people or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each person’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, I am talking to Julie Drake. Julie explains the chain of events that led her to seek medical attention prior to diagnosis in 2020. Her experience was frustratingly slow to begin with and Julie found herself having to push to be investigated and diagnosed because she knew something was very wrong. Her diagnosis of stage 4 high Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer came during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it was a huge shock to Julie. She tells me about the 7-hour surgery that she endured, how she recovered and the bombshell that her boyfriend at the time dropped on her. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed; Julie looked at herself in the mirror at the long scar down her abdomen and at her bald head and wondered how anyone would ever love her again. After recovering, Julie soon returned to the activities that she loved and very soon found love again. During her sailing holiday in Spain with her new love, Julie was told her cancer had recurred. All this happened within a year and in Julie’s words “cancer is a roller-coaster”. Julie continues to embrace life and I love her quote “Don’t let life happen; make life happen”. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Julie today and I am sure you will find her story very inspiring. Julie talked about Macmillan Cancer Support and the life coaching she had with them. Here is a link to their website https://www.macmillan.org.uk Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
46:42
September 15, 2021
Ep 11 Karen seizing the moment to follow the sun
In this episode, I am talking to Karen Marszalec who was in the throes of moving from Michigan to Florida in America when we spoke. I am so grateful to her for taking time out of her hugely busy relocation schedule to share her story with me. Karen was diagnosed with Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer in 2015 following an abnormal PAP smear, which is very unusual to say the least. The cancer was found in her fallopian tube which is probably why the PAP smear picked up abnormal cells that had migrated. Karen tells me about her initial surgery and disease management including Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) when she experienced recurrent disease in 2020. Karen’s healing process didn’t exactly go to plan following her initial surgery and she tells how she had post-op complications which resulted in readmission to hospital. We chat about the side effects of the Aromatase Inhibitors because Karen now takes Arimidex as a maintenance treatment. Karen tells me how she coped and how she feels following the diagnosis and subsequent management. After all that she has been through, Karen and her Husband have seized the opportunity to move across country to warmer climes to help alleviate the constant joint pains from her medication. It was a pleasure to chat to Karen today and I wish her all the best for the move to Florida. Karen has asked me to share her email address for anyone who would like to be in touch about anything she has discussed in this episode because she would like to be a support to others. She can be contacted via marszak244@gmail.com During our conversation we mentioned Jane Ludeman, who set up Cure Our Ovarian Cancer. This is a charitable trust that fundraises globally for research to improve the survival of low-grade serous ovarian cancer. Jane is very knowledgeable about this rare sub-type of Ovarian Cancer and her website can be reached here:  https://cureourovariancancer.org We mentioned STAAR (survive, thrive, advocate, advance research) which exists to raise critical funds for life-saving research for those with low-grade ovarian cancer. STAAR was co-founded in 2020 by three low-grade ovarian cancer thrivers Alex Feldt, Bailey Wolfe and Jess BeCraft. You can reach STAAR here: https://www.staaroc.org We also mentioned an international support group for people with Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer, which has been invaluable for Karen. I am one of the Administrators of the group. If you apply to join you need to confirm that you have Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer or have a loved one with this disease. You can find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1007723705963894 Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team.
54:41
August 18, 2021
Ep 10 Sharon, Nurse, Author and Adventurer
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, I am talking to Sharon Dobbs-Richards, who recounts the harrowing experiences that led to her eventual diagnosis of High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. Sharon went from being a fit, adventurous and athletic woman at the height of her Nursing career to being unable to breathe, walk or function. She really felt she was going to die because she was so ill. This story encompasses Sharon’s diagnosis, treatment and recurrences with a frank discussion about how she was failed to be diagnosed for a long period of time. Eventually after several courses of chemotherapy, Sharon’s body could no longer cope with further conventional medical treatment so after a period of recovery she embraced Integrative Oncology which she feels has saved her life. Sharon spoke to me in this episode before her return to work the following week but she has been very busy writing her first book during her time off. “How to kill your gynaecologist” will be available in May 2021. Content warning: we talk about the despair Sharon felt before being diagnosed and how she felt that she was dying. To learn more about Sharon, please visit her website here: www.sharondobbs-richards.com To contact her regarding her book please email sharon@sharondobbs-richards.com Sharon and I talked about Integrative Oncology and in particular Mistletoe Treatment. You can find more here by following this link https://www.bsio.org.uk Sharon also mentioned Trew Fields community which you can find more about here https://trewfields.com/info/ Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful.
01:03:27
May 7, 2021
Ep 9 Tamara, an Aussie in Scotland
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, I am talking to Tamara Campbell, who describes how she endured the death of her Mum in Australia at the same time as Lockdown restrictions started in the UK. Tamara was also going through her own health issues at the same time, and she tells me about the symptoms that prompted her to seek medical advice that led to a diagnosis of Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer. This episode is incredibly heartfelt as you can imagine, because what we talk about is still very raw as it only happened last year during an already difficult time due to the Pandemic. Content warning: we talk about bereavement and loss when Tamara’s Mum died. We also talk about making a will and end of life wishes. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:29:14
April 26, 2021
Ep 8 Gemma the creatrix and lawyer
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, I am talking to Gemma Lodge who shares her story about her long and winding road of being diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. Her story begins with what was thought to be an isolated Pulmonary Embolism, but she soon developed other symptoms that were attributed to stressful life events at the time.  A holiday to Texas saw Gemma taken to hospital as an emergency where she was subsequently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. On her immediate return to the UK, she had urgent surgery followed by chemotherapy and Avastin, but this was not effective as a scan showed disease progression. She started a different treatment regime which fortunately is showing a reduction of disease. Gemma tells me how she was at the height of her Law career at the time and had to take sick leave. As a professional with an individual client case load it was essential to be reliable and consistent, but Gemma describes why she wasn’t able to continue to work during chemotherapy. We touch on the difficulties surrounding whether to tell an estranged family member about her diagnosis and then the guilt associated with the decision not to. Content warning: we talk about how surgery sadly took away Gemma’s ability to have children of her own and how that impacted on her emotionally. Our conversation also broaches hospice and palliative care which is really helping Gemma’s quality of life. Gemma’s partner has recently proposed to her and so she is now able to focus on planning their wedding. We all wish them both every happiness in their married life together. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:19:09
April 21, 2021
Ep 7 Gill honours her Mum, Shirley
Living with Ovarian Cancer is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. This episode is dedicated to Shirley whose Birthday is on 21st March. She was much loved and is still remembered with so much love today and always! I am honoured to be talking to Gill Kelly who tells me all about her Mum, Shirley, who died with Ovarian Cancer. Gill also shares her own story of when she was diagnosed with Mucinous Ovarian Cancer at the same time that her Mum was nearing the end of her life. It was a very tough time for Gill going through her own diagnosis during a period of grief. Gill talks about her symptoms and the management of her Ovarian Cancer. The treatment of Mucinous Ovarian Cancer differs to other types of this disease which you will hear in this episode. Content warning: we talk about what Gill’s Mum’s wishes were before she died, her death and what it was like for Gill as she was grieving. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:01:53
March 21, 2021
Ep 6 Audrey embracing the changes
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I am honoured to be talking to Audrey Oldham who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer initially after a routine mammogram. She later developed Ovarian Cancer that was completely unconnected to the Breast Cancer. Audrey describes what made her see her GP after having bowel issues for a while that she thought was IBS. Audrey has been through such a lot since her Husband died at the age of 44, but she tells me how she stays positive and how she adapts to change. Audrey keeps a Blog on FaceBook, which I have added a link to for anyone wanting to keep up with her news. Audrey describes a therapy that she has been having called Hyperbaric Oxygen which helps her to stay well. It was lovely to chat to Audrey; she was so full of positivity and has adapted to many changes by embracing life. Here is a link to Audreys Blog: https://www.facebook.com/Audreys-blog-living-with-incurable-cancer-107176714247631 Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.com and  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:04:57
March 12, 2021
Ep 5 Libby and John’s charity EP!
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I am honoured to welcome back Libby Holden with her Husband John. If you listened to episode 1 you will have heard that Libby mentioned a charity song that she and her Husband planned to launch in March, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. That song has now become an amazing Album and they hope to raise funds for Professor Charlie Gourley’s research into Low grade Ovarian Cancer. In this episode Libby and John tell me all about the songs, the musicians involved and who they are raising money for. Since recording this episode, Libby wrote to tell me that the EP has grown somewhat. It is now a 9 track, 46 minute Album. Musician artistes have generously donated tracks of their own to help raise money for this charitable cause. The EP is available from: https://johnholden.bandcamp.com If you download the EP on the first Friday of the month Bandcamp do not take any fees so 100% of the funds go to the charitable cause. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/29oymlgjb_4 The song, Circles, has music by John Holden and lyrics by Elizabeth Holden. Vocalist: Sally Minnear, Keyboards: Vikram Shankar, Guitars: John Holden, Bass: Robin Armstrong and Drums: Henry Rogers The song, Northern Lights, features: Vocalists: Mark Atkinson, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Peter Jones, Sally Minnear and That Joe Payne. Guitar: Michel St Pere, Bass: Jon Camp, Keyboards: Vikram Shankar and Oliver Wakeman and Drums: Gavin Harrison The video features twelve women with low grade ovarian cancer, some who are sadly no longer with us, from the UK, Australia, Canada, India and the USA. Cure Our Ovarian Cancer Charitable Trust can be found here: https://cureourovariancancer.org. If you click on the news tab, you will see an article about Libby and John’s charity EP.  Gratitude to Jane Ludeman for founding this charity which is the only one dedicated to Low Grade Ovarian Cancer. More about the work of Professor Charlie Gourley in Edinburgh can be found here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/charlie-gourley Professor Gourley is currently working on this project which is supported by Target Ovarian Cancer https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/news/searching-new-treatments-low-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
25:58
March 5, 2021
Ep 4 Sandra, the wonderful poet!
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I am honoured to be talking to Sandra Koniotes who was diagnosed with High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer and is now living disease free. Sandra talks about the symptoms that led her to be diagnosed initially and how her diagnosis affected her. She went on to tell me about the two major surgeries that she had to endure, one of which was midway through her course of chemotherapy. Sandra exudes positivity and told me how she keeps going and how she maintains hope. In this Podcast, Sandra read a poem to me that she wrote which I found very moving and reminded me of how I felt when diagnosed. Sandra is so passionate about telling her story, not only in the hope of raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer but also as a source of hope and support for others going through this journey. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:00:14
February 12, 2021
Ep 3 Adele, happily stranded in Jamaica!
Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift; unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I am talking to Adele William-Sewell who shares her experiences of being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1999 and then subsequently eight years later with Stage 3 High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. It wasn’t just a matter of bad luck in being diagnosed with both of these cancers as Adele explains. She was told she has a BRCA mutation which posed a challenge not only for her but for her family. Adele is an incredibly inspiring woman and won a ‘Woman and Home Amazing Women Award’ in 2020 for “turning her ongoing personal battle with Ovarian Cancer into a successful charity and annual event”. When I spoke to Adele she was “stranded” in Jamaica due to the ongoing Covid restrictions cancelling flights back to the UK. What a place to get “stranded”? In this episode, Adele talks through her experiences of being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and then Ovarian Cancer, her symptoms that led to seeking medical help, what it meant for her and her family to be BRCA positive, her take on what treatments are right for her personally and what helped her to live through these experiences. Adele recommended a Book written by her late friend Della Lamden called “The Reason”. Unfortunately, Della’s website is no longer available. To purchase a copy of the book that Adele mentioned please contact Della’s daughter Bobbi Lamden via this email bobsterontour@yahoo.com. Adele mentioned the wonderful Penny Brohn Centre which can be found by following this link: https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com You can find more information about me on my website by following this link: https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com My sincere gratitude to Gary and Ruthie Colcombe who continue to carry out all the editing and uploading of each episode of this Podcast. I couldn’t have managed without them! You can find their Podcasts here http://celticmythpodshow.comand  https://inbedwithadruid.com Intro and outro music is called ‘Waltz for the little mermaid’ by Meidi Goh. To read more about Meidi please follow this link http://meidigoh.com Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
01:01:52
January 25, 2021
Ep 2 Cancer, Christmas and Covid
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift, unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode, it’s just me, and I’ll be talking about some of my experiences regarding living with Ovarian Cancer at Christmas.  I describe the sadness, fears and the emotions that we can go through at this special time of year. I hope that both my personal and professional experiences will be of benefit to you and help you to plan your own festive season a little easier. You can find the Blog “Last Christmas”, that I refer to in this episode by following the link:  https://dianeevanswood.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/last-christmas/ It’s 2020 and we have the added complication of the worldwide pandemic Covid-19, which is creating huge dilemmas for those of us who are living with serious health issues. I will touch on some of those dilemmas in this episode and try to make sense of them. Content warning: I talk about dying and my sadness surrounding potentially this being my last Christmas. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com. You can find more information about me on my website Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
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December 9, 2020
Ep 1 Libby the Wordsmith
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift, unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I am talking to Libby Holden who shares her experiences since being diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of Ovarian Cancer called ‘Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer’. Libby is an incredibly inspiring woman. She is a Wife, Mum, Landscape gardener and she writes some amazing songs and music with her Husband, John. In this episode, Libby talks about the symptoms that led to a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer and the subsequent confusion that often follows regarding pathology. She goes on to tell me about the major surgery she endured and the post-operative complications. Libby has had several courses of chemotherapy and describes how she coped as she lived through that period of time and where she is at now with her disease. Content warning: we talk about how Libby feels about dying. Libby shares some exciting news regarding a song that she wrote about what it’s like to live with recurrent cancer that could equally be applied to living with any constantly life-changing health condition. The song will be released in time for ‘Ovarian Cancer awareness month’ in March 2021 to raise funds for Professor Charlie Gourley who researches Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. Here is the link to John Holden, Libby’s Husband and where the song to raise funding for Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer will be launched in March 2021. Cure Our Ovarian Cancer is a website full of support and information for women living with Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer which is a rare type of Ovarian Cancer. Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com. You can find more information about me on my website Before you go, please don’t forget to click ‘subscribe’ to this Podcast so that you don’t miss future episodes and also if you could leave a rating, I’d be very grateful. Disclaimer: Each story in this Podcast is unique to the woman who is telling it. The content of each episode and the views expressed are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or intervention. You will hear stories of women who sought alternative therapies, integrated oncology services or even choosing to decline treatment options. However, this is their story, and I am not advocating that you follow the path of any one woman who features in the podcast. If you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer, please make sure that you discuss anything that is going to affect your treatment or wellbeing with your own Medical team. You are unique and so what’s right for one woman may not be right for you!
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December 9, 2020
Ep 0 Introduction
‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ is a Podcast full of inspiring stories told by Women or their loved ones, who themselves have lived with, or are still living with Ovarian Cancer. Each Woman’s story is a gift, unique and is told from the heart in their own words. I am your host, Diane Evans-Wood. In this episode I will be setting the scene and telling you about what led me to start this Podcast and what you can expect to hear. In each episode I will be having a conversation with a woman who currently has or has had ovarian cancer. In some episodes I will be talking to the loved ones of a woman who has or has had Ovarian Cancer, and occasionally other guests speaking on how to live well with this disease. ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’ could not have existed without the support and significant, ongoing help of some very generous and kind people who I want to acknowledge. Firstly, my immense gratitude to all the women who have come forward to tell their story about what it’s like to live with Ovarian Cancer. Without them I could not have started this Podcast and I will be forever grateful to them for sharing so openly and honestly. A huge thank you and gratitude to Ruthie and Gary Colcombe who have done so much to help get this Podcast off the ground and who continue to assist with the editing and publishing of each episode. Without them, I could not have navigated my way through the production of a new Podcast. Ruthie and Gary have their own Podcasts and the links to those shows are below so do go and look them up here: Celtic Myth Podshow In Bed with a Druid My grateful thanks to Meidi Goh, a wonderfully talented musician who very generously agreed for a piece of her music to be used in the intro and outro of this Podcast. The music entitled “Waltz for the little Mermaid” is taken from her album “Heart Strings”. You can find Meidi’s beautiful music on her website and on YouTube so do have a look at her work through the links below. Meidi's website Meidi's YouTube channel My thanks to the incredible Harry Acton, a very talented Journalist who generously came forward and gave so much of his time at the beginning when I put a shout out for advice regarding setting up a Podcast. He gave me the confidence to just go for it! Harry has a Website and a Podcast called ‘Let’s have a breakdown with Ali and Harry’ which is well worth a visit. The link is below. Harry's Website Thank you so much for listening to ‘Living with Ovarian Cancer’. If you want to get in touch with me or you would like to tell your own story on this Podcast about living with Ovarian Cancer, please email diane.evanswood@gmail.com. You can find more information about me on my website
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December 9, 2020