Gill Kelly

As most of my friends and family will know, in 2017 I experienced a range of symptoms - bloating, loss of appetite, running to the toilet - which I put down to my age. Thanks to Humbug my cat, who jumped on me causing considerable pain, I went to my doctor, and in a matter of weeks I was having a major op to remove a 2kg mass from my right ovary.
In November I was devastated to learn that I had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I did not need chemo, and am well looked after in that I have to have regular three monthly blood tests and checks. While I was recovering physically (and mentally) from this, in March 2018, my lovely Mum passed away after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer five years ago.
This is where Ovacome became an invaluable support for me. I used their free telephone support line, and also the online forum, which is a place where I could say exactly what was on my mine - all my fears and worries, and there was always someone to talk to who had been through a similar experience.

I am taking part in the Touch of Teal Tea with Ovacome event on Saturday 23rd March 2019 in memory of my Mum, and to raise as much money as I can for Ovacome. I will be modelling in a fashion show at the Mayfair Hotel alongside 15 other lovely ladies who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Ovacome provides a range of support services for anyone who has been affected by ovarian cancer, whether directly or indirectly. They offer a free telephone support line, a 24 hour online forum, email support, instant chat services and face to face support groups. They also work to raise awareness of the disease and to provide information from some of the top clinicians in the field of ovarian cancer.

Ovacome also 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.

Please share this page with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, so that I can reach my target and that together, we can help Ovacome to do more for those affected by this disease. Thank you!

Gill Kelly