Claire and her husband hold Simply Sumptuous retreats in Orgiva, Southern Spain. One of the retreats - 'Women and Cancer' (7th - 14th June 2014) - is dedicated to women who have experienced cancer.
When I was 24, I was out having drinks with friends one night. It was Friday 13th and all of a sudden I found myself doubled over in pain. Not one to normally leave a bar early - well I was only 24 - I went home. The weekend was spent with sporadic bursts of a similar abdominal pain until finally on Monday, I went to the doctor, who sent me to hospital that night. The next morning I found myself having emergency surgery for the removal of a large ovarian cyst – the size of a cantaloupe melon! I never imagined that a few days later they would tell me that the cyst was part malignant – I had ovarian cancer. It was a surreal feeling. Even afterwards, when friends and relatives would be in touch and they would be in tears, it just felt odd.