Jani Godley urged women not to ignore ovarian cancer symptoms as she revealed she will have a full hysterectomy.
Scottish comedian – who is currently isolating at home in Glasgow With her husband and daughter with Covid – she had to cut short her UK tour earlier this year after noticing ‘terrible pain’ in her stomach, bloating and exhaustion.
She appeared in Scottish government advertisements for the coronavirus but was pulled after abusive tweets surfaced by her following an investigation by the Daily Beast website.
Jani, who appeared on Lauren today, said that while a cancer diagnosis is something you “can never prepare for” — she’s feeling positive and resting before undergoing major surgery.
Jani Godley, appearing in Lauren Today, urged women not to ignore ovarian cancer symptoms as she revealed she’s about to undergo a full hysterectomy.
“I was in London and remember walking into Soho from Leicester Square theatre,” Jani explained. The whole tour sold out and I had this horrible pain in my stomach and couldn’t really eat.
Every time I went to eat, I felt full, I was bloated and peed all the time, all the time. I just don’t feel well.
I could have slept all night until I got on the stage, [spend] Two hours on stage and go to bed. So something was definitely wrong.
After her agent encouraged her to go home, Janie visited her GP who felt a lump around her stomach and sent her for blood tests, the results revealing a hormone that “causes problems.”
The 60-year-old standoff, filmed in July this year, found widespread fame with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus news briefing during the pandemic before it was pulled over abusive tweets.
On the same day, Janie underwent a scan that revealed a cyst on her ovary that was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“It all happened very quickly,” she said. Worst of all is we all have Covid, but I’m healthier at home, I’m totally fine.
My husband and daughter are completely upset about Covid so I didn’t have time to process all of it because I was taking care of them. I was strangely more worried about them than this.
Tumors that can be cancerous or benign: What is an ovarian tumor?
Ovarian tumors are abnormal tumors that begin in the ovary and may be cancerous or benign.
When cancerous, nine out of ten arise from the cell that lines the ovaries and fallopian tubes — known as epithelial ovarian cancer.
High-grade serous ovarian carcinoma accounts for six out of ten epithelial cases. Most of it is actually in the fallopian tubes.
These increases tend to be cured by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Low-grade serous carcinomas account for only one in ten epithelial cases. These grow slowly and tend to be in younger women.
Surgery is the most effective treatment for low-grade serous epithelial carcinomas.
Mucinous tumors make up a small percentage of epithelial ovarian carcinomas.
Other types of ovarian tumors include:
Endometrial: May be associated with endometriosis. A third of patients also have uterine cancer or precancerous thickening of the endometrium
cell scanIt constitutes four percent of ovarian tumors
undifferentiatedIt consists of incompletely developed cells, which makes it difficult to know its source
BrennerResponsible for 1 to 2 percent of ovarian tumors. In women over the age of 40 it is usually benign – less than five percent of it is cancerous
Border line: Also known as ‘tumours of low malignant potential’ – they are very slow to grow and unlikely to spread
sarcoma: contain tissue resembling epithelial and connective tissue carcinoma (sarcoma)
Source: Ovarian cancer target
She added, “It’s one of those things you never prepare yourself for, someone says ‘we found cancer’.”
So you just have to follow what you’re doing and I can’t have the operation for seven weeks because of the covid virus, so I have to prepare myself mentally but also talk about it.
She urged other women not to ignore the unusual symptoms, adding that while she had “allowed an overwhelming number of people to get frustrated” by cutting her run short, nothing was more important than her health.
“Please don’t ignore her,” she said. Don’t do what you did and wait until the end of the round and see what happens. I didn’t, my agent said “Don’t stop now, look at this” and I did.
“My instinct and his instinct were right and I had to let go of a huge number of people but my health comes first.”
Despite her diagnosis, Janie is eager to return to the stage but knows she must “prepare herself mentally and physically” for a hysterectomy.
“I can’t wait to get back on stage,” she said. ‘I feel fine. I want to get back on stage, I feel like this is just something I’m going to be able to handle, I just want to get out there and do my thing.
“I have to prepare myself, it’s a big process, and I have to prepare myself mentally and physically.”
Janie made headlines earlier this year when the discovered tweets sparked an angry backlash online.
She referred to Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland in one post as ‘The Dark Horse from the USA’, and said of rapper 50 Cent ‘If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s a big black guy talking about d**k I wouldn’t’ didn’t you know he was Rapper? “
The news broke shortly after the release of Covid-19 ads featuring Ms Godley, for which she was paid £12,000.
Godley apologized deeply for the tweets and donated the fees paid by the Scottish government to charity.
She had already apologized for other messages on her Twitter account but added a new apology in September, acknowledging that the comments had “horrible and appalling undertones”.
When the tweets surfaced in September, First Minister Sturgeon was accused of “casually denouncing racism” after calling her apology “gracious”.
Addressing the tweets that were discovered, Ms. Sturgeon said: “Look – these things happen. And you know, the important thing is that action is taken.”
The most important thing to me since the beginning of this pandemic has been the integrity of our public health message which has included difficult decisions for me over the past 18 months and this is the priority we have placed on this particular incident.
Jane apologized – I think she was, you know, very clear and generous in her apology.
“She’s a comedian – she said herself that she thought she gave her permission to say the things she now accepts were completely out of order and unacceptable.”