Shannon Menger, 20, is having chemotherapy after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer on March 30.
In the six months leading up to her surgery, Menger’s periods had been increasingly irregular.
The personal trainer from Ellerslie, Auckland, started feeling sharp pains in her stomach, lasting a couple of hours and leaving her unable to move.
Menger's GP told her she was constipated. She was sent home with laxatives and Tramadol.
"I was brushed off every time saying it could be this or could be that, even after having the ultrasound and the doctors seeing there was a large mass they still wanted to wait and see me for further testing."
Eventually, after her mother pressured the GP, Menger got a referral for an ultrasound. After that and some blood tests, Menger found she had a tumour "about the size of two hands."