As far too many people know, any cancer diagnosis is devastating, but living a full and otherwise healthy life is more than possible through love and support of family & friends.

When Lisa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2019, we were overwhelmed by fear and information about this cruel disease. When we found the Ovacome website and forum, we were overwhelmed again - but this time by the kindness of strangers willing to share their own experiences.

Support from Ovacome’s professional healthcare team and its community of such warm and kind women helped Lisa and I through the initial shock of diagnosis and continues to offer comfort and solace.

On the eve of the three-year anniversary since Lisa’s life-saving surgery at St Thomas’, I undertook a challenge called the Dragon Ride that was only slightly longer than her operation. Over 12 hours I rode my bike along 213k and more than 3,00m of steep climbs and sharp descents in the glorious scenery of South Wales. I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it as a virus had stopped me from training in the weeks leading up to it. But I managed it and admit freely that I certainly found my limit (and some!). Lisa was waiting patiently at the end all that time, as I cranked out the miles with increasing deceleration.

Prompted by a few kind people, I am taking this opportunity to ask for support again – this time to help me give something back. Ovacome isn’t the most ‘glamorous’ cancer charity with research scientists in white lab coats in search of the latest hoped for breakthrough. But the support that it provides women like Lisa and their families is invaluable, enabling them to cope with the day to day between treatments and oncology appointments. If you are inspired to make a contribution – regardless of how much – I would be so very grateful.

If you’d like to know more about Ovacome, here’s the official version of the account above…

Ovacome provides a range of support services for those affected by ovarian cancer. This includes the family and friends of those diagnosed, as well as those who might be at higher risk of the disease because of their family history. Ovacome also work closely with doctors and other clinicians to ensure that those diagnosed are given the most up-to-date information to help them navigate their treatment and care.

Ovacome is also a community for anyone affected by ovarian cancer, meaning that the charity provides groups and events where people can meet others in similar circumstances, to share advice and offer each other encouragement along the way.

Every donation to Ovacome goes towards creating new services to support all those affected by this less common cancer. Any amount that feel able to give could make a huge difference to life of someone going through diagnosis and treatment at the moment.

Felicity Carus