"I was diagnosed with stage 3c high grade, serous ovarian cancer in September 2007. I had neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (3 sessions of Carboplatin & Taxol followed by surgery and then 3 more sessions of Carboplatin and Taxol). Even though all visible cancer was removed in December 2007, I had a recurrence in 2010. This meant a second surgery in June 2010 followed by more of the same chemo as previously. I have recently been told that I may have to have more treatment soon. I have a mutation of my BRCA2 gene which has led to breast and ovarian cancer in my family. This was inherited from my father."

"I will always be indebted to Ovacome as through one of their annual Members’ Day events, I was able to meet other women who have ovarian cancer. It can be quite isolating to face an ovarian cancer diagnosis on your own. However, after meeting other women with the disease it helped me get a better understanding of what the future might entail."

"Since I discovered Ovacome I have been involved in many areas of their work. I started out as a volunteer ROCC (Regional Ovarian Cancer Coordinator). I decided to do some fundraising and created an event in aid of Ovacome in 2010. This grew into the Touch of Teal Tea which will hold its 10th event in March 2019. As part of the Ovacome Information Review Panel I have assisted in reviewing Ovacome’s information leaflets. I regularly take part in the STS (Survivors Teaching Students) programme, where we share our stories of ovarian cancer diagnosis with medical students (future doctors, nurses and radiologists). In September 2016 I became a trustee of Ovacome."

"A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is often a shock and can be both scary and isolating. I have personally experienced this and understand its impact. My aim through volunteering is to improve outcomes for women via earlier diagnosis and to provide opportunities for women with the disease to connect with each other."


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