Andrew Flute In January 2018 Anne was told she didn’t have long to live, after a stage one diagnosis in 2012, she had two episodes of recurrence, in 2015 and 2017. The symptoms started in 2011 but trying to be heard was an uphill struggle. It was the summer of 2012 before she was taken seriously after moving to a new GP surgery. Many people she spoke to along the way had never heard of ovarian cancer and even some medical staff believed it could be detected through a routine smear test which is just not true. There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer. Cure is rare. So awareness of symptoms early on is imperative.

I met Anne during her first period of remission, although I had known her husband for most of my life, having grown up in the same village. We all expected her to come out of this scare on the right side, so for a new tumour to surface in the pelvis after over three years was a shock to everyone. Anne has blogged her journey since diagnosis in 2012. Is a member of Ovacome on Health Unlocked as Lily-Anne Green. I asked which charity she would like me to run for and Ovacome was her choice. You can find her story at http://grapefruitandwine.blogspot.co.uk it is six years of recording so quite a lot of material to read. Andrew Flute