Fiona Smith The 8th August is a significant date in my life. I started my nurse training on that date in 1984. Last year I had major surgery and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on that date. I was shocked by my diagnosis and wanted as much information as I could find. Most of all I wanted to know what the future held for me. In my search I found Ovacome.

Ovacome is a small charity that does great things. It provides a range of support services for women, and their families, affected by ovarian cancer, including a free telephone support line, face to face support groups and a 24 hour online forum. I have used the forum to hear about other women's experience, and we share research we find with each other to make sure we get the best treatment that is available. We sometimes use the forum to help each other make decisions about what we want for ourselves.

Ovacome works to raise awareness of the disease and to provide information from some of the top clinicians in the field of ovarian cancer. They fund a research fellow at Birmingham University, who is working to develop new therapies and understand and improve outcomes for women with advanced ovarian cancer. Its library of information has been invaluable to me in finding out what I needed to know - even though at times that was mega scary.

I am a year on from my diagnosis and thankfully continue to be disease free. In that time I have had chemotherapy, and unfortunately been readmitted having had big pulmonary embolisms - side effects of the chemo. And there have been a few other OMG! moments along the way.
My husband Adam has been my constant support. Its been very tough for him too - we have looked after each other through this. Our family and friends have been incredible and we could not imagine this year without them all - they each have their own gifts that they bring and all of it comes with love.

I have decided to take on the Ovacome Teal Walk to raise money for this small charity that has helped us so much along the way. The Teal Walk is a virtual fundraising challenge that women will take part in, no matter where they live, while raising money to help our charity to continue and expand its services, and provide vital support to women affected by this lesser known cancer.

Together with women from the across our Ovacome community I will walk 10k on the weekend of 11 & 12 Sept.

I would be grateful for your support, through a donation. Any amount that you can offer would be greatly appreciated and would contribute towards Ovacome's important work.

Please feel free to share this page and help me to reach my fundraising target for such a worthy charity.

Many thanks

Fiona Fiona Smith