Vali is a 40-year-old mother of 5 year-old twin girls, who first started complaining that she wasn’t feeling well at the age of 16, but was only diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years later when doctors found a tumour during an operation she was undergoing for endometriosis.
No one believed me when I was young, because it’s not common for someone my age to have ovarian cancer and they weren’t looking for it"
At 24 the cancer came back so they removed her second ovary and she underwent chemotherapy.
Left infertile from ovarian cancer treatment, Vali had the world’s first successful pregnancy from an ovarian tissue graft to her abdomen in 2013.
However, when her twin girls were born by a cesarean section, her doctors discovered that the cancer had returned. Fortunately, they were able to remove it in the same surgery and she was given the all clear.
“At the moment I’m considered well. I’m lucky that it’s such a slow-growing cancer."