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Lowrie's Story: 'Cyril the Ovarian Cyst'

Written by Lowrie Parry

"In January 2022 I was scanned and my cyst, whom we now named Cyril, was still there and was still 9cm...I began to bloat and I started to look pregnant. I also began bleeding irregularly and was in a lot of pain."

Lowrie, Ovarian Cancer Survivor



In 2020 I was in the early stages of pregnancy and attended a private scan.


Sadly I was found to be having a silent miscarriage but they also discovered a 18cm complex cyst 4 months later. They removed the cyst and saved my ovary ; thankfully it was benign. A few months later I was pregnant again and at my 13 week scan they found my cyst had returned and it was big at 9cm. I continued my pregnancy and my daughter was born healthy in November 2021.


In January 2022 I was scanned and my cyst, whom we now named Cyril, was still there and was still 9cm. I was told they'd remove it soon enough and for all of 2022 I carried on as normal until after the summer.


I began to bloat and I started to look pregnant. I also began bleeding irregularly and was in a lot of pain.


A scan later showed Cyril had grown to 12cm and was positioned on my bladder which explained my pain when I went to urinate. I ended up in urine retention twice meaning the cyst was stopping me from passing urine and it was building up in my bladder instead.


Finally I had a date and Cyril was removed. By this point it was November 2022 and Cyril was 25cm! He also broke during the op.


In the New Year I had a call to say it was cancer, a rare form known as mucinous ovarian cancer. With this rare cancer options are limited so it was decided a full hysterectomy would be best. I then went on to have chemotherapy and am so far clear of cancer.


It has been a long hard journey but my little girl has helped me through it.


Image: Lowrie Parry






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