This March to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer month I have decided to walk 44 miles over 3 days. I’ll be walking along the North East Coastal Path.

In June 2022 I was diagnosed with 3C High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. I’ve had major surgery. I’ve been through chemo which made me lose all of my hair. I was told I had the BRAC1 genetic mutation.

I’m currently still in active treatment and I am taking Olaparib and I’m under close supervision from my amazing medical team. I’ve still got a long journey ahead of me but life is getting easier.

Before I was diagnosed I knew very little about Ovarian cancer or BRAC1. However with the help from Ovacome I’ve been able to access lots of information. They’ve had webinars where experts come and share information about it. They run exercise classes, support groups, sewing classes, writing classes among many other things. It’s been an incredible support to me knowing that I can access these things.

Sadly lots of women are diagnosed and like me will search the internet looking for help and support.

I’m raising funds for Ovacome, the national UK charity focused on providing support and information to anyone affected by this disease. Ovacome is a strong community for those who have been diagnosed, those who think that they might be at risk, friends and family, and healthcare professionals.

Ovacome exists to reduce isolation, provide expert information, promote understanding of ovarian cancer and its symptoms, and to support those affected by it in their time of need.

Ovacome’s specialist support team is there to help those living with ovarian cancer navigate their treatment, care and life beyond the disease through the charity’s telephone support line, email, and 24-hour forum. Ovacome also hosts online and in-person groups, workshops, and events where people affected can meet others in similar circumstances, share advice, make friends, and offer encouragement to one another in a safe environment.

Ovacome receives no government funding and so relies on its donors and fundraisers to make its life-changing work possible. Your generosity could help someone affected by ovarian cancer access the vital support and resources they need. Any amount you feel able to give could have a huge impact on the experience of someone facing a diagnosis.

It would mean a lot to me if you could share my fundraising page with your friends, family, colleagues and on your social media.

Thank you so much for helping me to ensure that Ovacome can continue to be there to support those affected by ovarian cancer when they need it most. Together we can make a real difference! Kelly Hashemi