Mother of three, grandmother of four, wife and semi-retired social worker living with ovarian cancer
Esther Hockenstein is a wife, mother of three, grandmother of four and semi-retired social worker living in Montreal, Quebec. She was one of the last children born in a Nazi concentration camp and in 2011, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; she has since had three recurrences. She shares her own journey in hopes to educate other women on the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer so they can seek medical treatment early on.
My story begins with everyone's worst nightmare. Following a wonderful career as a social worker, I was ready to move into a new and exciting phase of my life: retire from my job, travel the world with my husband, enjoy new experiences, and relish time spent with children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."