Fiona Vescio - Mona Vale
Fiona is an Ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, and they list these as the symptoms to look out for:
Fiona Vescio, 40 years old from Mona Vale, is a very thankful survivor of ovarian cancer who was diagnosed when she was just 15 years of age. She is married with 2 gorgeous young Sons, despite being told that she may never have children of her own having been exposed to such high doses of chemotherapy.
This is Fiona's story.
Fiona was just about to sit her School Certificate when she was diagnosed with cancer.
'I remember feeling so embarrassed when I first started to loose control of my bladder, which I know now is a key symptom of ovarian cancer. Being diagnosed at such a young age was so scary both for myself and my family,' said Fiona.
When Fiona's hair started to fall out, she found that hugely confronting and impacted her self-esteem tremendously. Nausea and exhaustion she could deal with, but having to wear a wig as a teenager really had the greatest impact on her.
Fiona wishes a group like Fight on the Beaches had been around when she was going through her treatment, as this type of event gives hope when it feels like all hope is gone.
Fiona attended the inaugural 'Fight on the Beaches' Ball in 2014, and joined us last year, aswell as organising a table of 12 friends to come along and support the fight for a cure this year!
When asked who she would most like to hit the dancefloor with, she said her Grandmother Effie, who was a fabulous dancer and provided tremendous support during her illness. As well as her Mum, having shared the dancefloor during the good and bad times, and finally, none other than Michael Jackson! His music got her through some terribly dark times when battling cancer, and she'd love to share the dancefloor with such a legend.
Whilst Fiona continues to support Fight on the Beaches, her plight is to raise awareness around ovarian cancer symptoms and the fact that it is not an 'old ladies' disease, as most people would believe. It is incredibly difficult to diagnose and there is no early detection screening program available for this type of cancer.
Her greatest wish is for there to be an early detection test for ovarian cancer - and all cancers!
Please check out the 'warning signs' in the box to the left, and if you anyone you know complains of these symptoms, please visit your Doctor for investigation.
Thank you Fiona for sharing your story with us!