In May 2016 an extremely tender tummy lead Naomi Evans to her GP. After initial fears of ovarian cancer, further tests, scans and surgeries confirmed a rare diagnosis – appendix cancer.
After initial diagnosis, Naomi is now awaiting a surgery date for what those affected refer to as the Mother of All Surgeries (MOAS) – an 8-12 hour operation to remove all evidence of cancer and affected organs, followed by heated chemotherapy directly into the abdomen. It is a brutal surgery with a lengthy recovery. With her partner, also Naomi, and their young foster son, they are facing this challenge with a sense of humour and cautious optimism.
Naomi now shares her story in a regular column with newidea.com.au