The Ohio high schooler quickly learned the cause – a two-and-a-half kilo tumour and a rare form of stage three ovarian cancer.
After three and a half months of hospital trips, 21 chemotherapy treatments and the removal of an ovary and fallopian tube, Caly beat the disease. The now 17-year-old is in remission and pursuing a career in the music industry after appearing on Ellen and America’s Got Talent.
Caly told PEOPLE she’s adamant about making more people aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
“I had a lump growing in my stomach for a year and I just ignored it. I didn’t really think anything of it because it wasn’t a problem,” Caly said.
Her doctor, Dagmar Stein, the Director of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, told the publication, “Caly’s is a very rare form of ovarian cancer. There are some symptoms — pain in the back and abdomen, burning urination and some constipation…but the symptoms are very non-specific and that’s why ovarian cancer is very difficult to pick up. You won’t feel anything until the cancer is large and that’s why it can be so deadly for women.”
Every seven hours a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia.
Some symptoms to keep an eye out for include abdominal bloating, back, abdominal or pelvic pain, constipation, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, frequent urination, menstrual irregularities, pain during sex and fatigue.