When I was first diagnosed the consultant gynecologist told me that it was an early diagnosis, and that my womb was in great shape after the surgery – but that turned out not to be the case. It was quite a late diagnosis. I was diagnosed at stage 3C which is pretty widespread. It was in a lot of the lymph nodes, and some of the cancer was inoperable, so I was facing a very different scenario to the one I first faced.
Immediately it was planning for a major operation. I had womb cancer so it was a total hysterectomy, removal of my ovaries and anything else that they might find when they went in. I knew I was going to be out of action. Not driving, not lifting anything very much, and taking things easy for at least six weeks. So I was planning for that. Making sure I had some food in the freezer, making sure that I had lifts arranged to get my children to school and back – making sure that some of the practical aspects of life were covered.
I spent six weeks having radiotherapy every day. Often I had friends come with me, which was really fantastic, but the occasional day when I went by myself I would get halfway across Waterloo station and just burst into tears. I’d walk the kilometer or so down to St Thomas' and force myself through the hospital doors. It was very difficult. I would walk in at quite a sprightly pace and then walk out looking like an old lady because it really was just very difficult to cope with physically. It didn’t hurt as such, but it made me very sick.
Daloni was diagnosed with an aggressive form of womb cancer in 2014. She had surgery and then a course of radiotherapy, finding the side effects of treatment hard to cope with- both physically and emotionally.