On the 4th February 2018, World Cancer Day, I lost my beloved Mother, Andromachi (Machi) at the age of 68, to Ovarian Cancer.


This was the most difficult, challenging and heart breaking experience I have ever had to go through.

She fell ill on the 27th December 2017 and I attempted to admit her into a local private clinic. I was unable to provide the requested deposit that the hospital required. The only option I had was to admit her into the closest state run hospital and carry the costs of all her medical and wound care needs on my own.


After undergoing numerous tests she was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer on 18th January 2018. The Cancer had metastasized and as a result of her current state of health, there was no cure or treatment available for her.

I was told to take her home, give her palliative care and get her affairs in order.


Needless to say I was beyond shocked when my beautiful Mom passed away in my arms, two weeks later.




I have a deep yearning inside of me to tell as many people as I can about my journey and my Mothers “six weeks to live” and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms that lead to Cancer.


Having experienced “six weeks to live” was an incredibly hard journey for me and together with this amazing project, I hope to create awareness and help others during this very difficult time and most importantly, change lives.


Through my journey, I realized how difficult the path that one has to walk is, whether you are the patient or the family of the patient. 




Evy and Machi September 2017