WHEN she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Rosellen Lambert lost her confidence.
But the 44-year-old, who is now in remission, stood strong on a catwalk to raise awareness for the condition.
Rosellen, from Gosport, took part in the London event organised by charity Ovacome earlier this month.
As well as boosting her own confidence, she also wanted to raise money for a friend who died from ovarian cancer. The pair met while they were being treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Rosellen said: ‘By raising awareness in this way, I hope other women will recognise the symptoms early on and by raising funds for support I hope no-one has to face cancer alone.
‘I want to honour all the incredibly brave, inspiring women with ovarian cancer I’ve met along the way.’
Rosellen’s cancer was caught in its early stages and, after having surgery, she finished chemotherapy and radiotherapy last June. She had signs of bloating, feeling fuller quicker as well as tiredness, changes to her periods and frequent urination. Then she felt a hard lump in her abdomen.
Rosellen found being an Ovacome model helped her gain confidence.
She added: ‘It was definitely out of my comfort zone. Losing my long hair and putting on lots of weight made me feel disconnected to my body.
‘Taking part was my challenge to feel proud of my body and celebrate everything it has survived.
Ovacome has come up with the BEAT acronym of the main symptoms of ovarian cancer. B is for bloating that does not come and go; E is for eating less and feeling fuller quicker; A is for abdominal pain and T is for telling your GP.