Shelly Clarke

Cancer is tough, but we're tougher

In December 2018 I heard those words that no one wants to hear…”We found cancer”.

Those were words I was not prepared to hear, especially when the cancer they were talking about was in the endometrial lining of my uterus…I had always wanted to have children and experience pregnancy so those words were a double blow to me.

After 12 months trying to beat cancer conservatively using fertility sparing treatments, the cancer persisted and it was strongly advised for me to have a total hysterectomy to remove the cancer and avoid any further risk of it spreading.

On 20th January 2020 I underwent a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo–Oophorectomy and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy this meant they removed my Uterus, Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes, Cervix and some Lymph Nodes.

Turns out I am one of the lucky ones, my cancer was stage 1a meaning it was still contained to my uterus and hadn’t spread elsewhere, and while I am still coming to terms with the fact I will never be able to get pregnant or have children of my own, I am still here and I was lucky enough not to need further more aggressive treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.

So in May 2020, I am challenging myself to walk 35km in one day as part of the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer. I’m doing this to raise awareness for Endometrial and Uterine Cancers and much needed funds for women’s cancer research right here in WA at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

There is so much more to be done to ensure that the women of WA – our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and loved ones – living with cancer stay with us for as long as possible. I am training and fundraising in the lead up to the event. I'd be so grateful for your support. If you can't join me (I'd love the company), please give generously to my donation page.

Please help me to help the Perkins.

Let’s walk towards a cancer-free future – together.

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