When Elly Mayday started experiencing back pain, she chose not to ignore it – even when doctors couldn’t find anything wrong.
Mayday was eventually diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer called low grade serous carcinoma.
She had a hysterectomy and three months of chemotherapy at the age of 25.
“It’s like being hit by a bus,” said Mayday at an Ovarian Cancer Canada event Thursday in Regina.
Mayday is a successful model, originally from Aylesbury, Saskatchewan.
She now has a successful career in New York City and has been using her story to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
Mayday says her first symptoms showed up when she was just 23.
“I experienced lower back pain, bloating in my stomach, I felt full without eating very much,” said Mayday.
Mayday had five surgeries, including a hysterectomy, and three months of chemotherapy.
Mayday says her type of cancer has a high rate of reoccurrence.
“I just take each day as it comes. Right now I’m stable and life is good,” said Mayday.
As for the name LadyBalls?
“Ladies do have balls; they’re just called ovaries,.” said Mayday. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek comment that gets people thinking,”
It’s hoped the fundraiser will result in bringing more specialists to Saskatchewan, along with clinical trials and targeted therapy, which don’t yet exist here.