Louise Darville

I lost my mother and a sister to ovarian cancer, and my twin sister is currently living with the disease. We have the BRCA1 gene so being diagnosed myself with stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2014 was unfortunately no surprise.

I had an oophorectomy after a raised CA125 count. My only symptom was feeling stressed and weepy. Once this was detected I had scans - ultrasound, CT and MRI. Nothing showed up but, due to family history, my consultant advised an oophorectomy. Following the operation, he was shocked to find cancer on one of my fallopian tubes, which had also spread (he had thought the CA125 result a false positive). A full hysterectomy quickly followed. After chemotherapy, I joined a trial but was intolerant to the drug. I now have regular blood checks and a CT scan every 6 months.

Thankfully, I am currently clear with no evidence of recurrence. I am nearly 5 years on from treatment. I realise my family history sounds depressing but I am a very positive person and believe in living life to the full, and taking opportunites life offers me. It is for this reason I have agreed to model at the Touch of Teal Tea event. I have watched friends of mine walk down this same catwalk while on treatment, both of whom have since sadly died. This is for their courage too. As most of you will know, I will be completely out of my comfort zone! I am therefore asking you to sponsor me for this event - donating to a fantastic cause and ensuring I can't back out!

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.

As a smaller charity, every donation really helps Ovacome to continue and expand their services, providing vital support to those affected by this lesser known form of cancer. Any amount that you can offer would be greatly appreciated and would contribute towards their important work.

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!

Louise Darville