December 6, 2023

“The doctors said I had heavy periods, but it was terminal ovarian cancer”

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Kelly Pendry’s mother has received her terminal cancer diagnosis. Now, she advises women with health concerns to seek and demand any necessary investigations.

  • author, Sarah Easdale
  • roll, BBC News

Kelly Pendry has terminal cancer and has not been diagnosed for several years.

She lives in Eloy, in the county of Flintshire (West Wales), is 42 years old and is a mother of two children.

In 2021, she was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma of the uterus. But her initial symptoms — “heavy, prolonged periods” and “severe pain” — began in 2016.

She wonders if things would have been different if she had been diagnosed more quickly.