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Young woman turns to crowd to fund ovarian cancer battle

BRAVE: Jessica Taylor before her battle with ovarian cancer.
BRAVE: Jessica Taylor before her battle with ovarian cancer.

THERE are many charities and organisations designed to help support cancer sufferers through their treatment, but Gladstone cancer sufferer Jessica Taylor feels left behind and is appealing to the community for help.

Going through treatment for ovarian cancer for the second time this year, the 25-year-old has created a personal funding account to help with expenses associated with her battle.

Friends raise $2000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

For Ms Taylor, these costs include paying for treatment and blood tests, travel to and from hospital and also the burden of living away from home while she undergoes chemotherapy.

After trying to get assistance from various groups, Ms Taylor started up a personal funding account through Go Fund Me, a crowd funding website that appeals to the community to make donations.

Since starting the campaign on February 11, the public has donated $300 to help her raise her goal of $2000.

"I aim to raise as much as I can to cover costs and whatever money is left over I am open to relocating to Brisbane to make treatment easier," she said.

Ms Taylor said she didn't want to move away from Gladstone, but during remission she found it hard to make her check up appointments on time because of the cost.

"I have never made my appointments on time because I couldn't afford to travel to Brisbane," she said.

"If I had made them on time we would have caught it a bit earlier."

The Queensland Health Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme covers the cost of travel to see a specialist as long as the patient uses the cheapest form of public transport available.

But the scheme does not cover the first four nights of accommodation, meals or taxi fares to and from hospital.

Last year Cancer Council Queensland helped 923 patients under the Practical Support Program and referred 552 patients for financial support.

Referrals for financial assistance can be made by calling their helpline on 13 11 20.

To help Jessica with her battle visit www.gofundme.com/jessicakatetaylor.

Ovarian cancer a major killer

OUT of all the cancers that affect women, ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate, with only 43% of women surviving the first five years.

With the majority of women diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease, the peak national body for ovarian cancer hopes to raise awareness of the symptoms to boost early detection.

Ovarian Cancer Australia said the disease can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to what women normally experience.

Gladstone ovarian cancer sufferer Jessica Taylor was shocked when she was diagnosed when she was 23-years-old.

"I never knew the symptoms of ovarian cancer. If I knew what the symptoms were then, I would have got it checked earlier," she said.

Although genetics and family history are responsible for 15% of ovarian cancers, other causes are still unknown.

Being over 50 and hormonal factors, such as early puberty, late menopause and child-bearing history, are thought to increase the risk of developing the disease.

However, Ovarian Cancer Australia said many women who develop the cancer have no known risk factors.

SYMPTOMS

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount

Topics:  cancer, cancer council, crowd funding, health




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