Hello, I'm continuing to do more exhibit A patient work for the Eve Appeal. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to speak to Eve about their experiences. They were so grateful.
Now I am going to speak (very briefly) at the House of Commons launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness week. I thought I'd consult you on your topline messages.
In view of Eve's agenda, I am proposing to talk a bit about how I believe we could do more with the cervical smear - ie using it as an opportunity to talk to women, see if they have any symptoms and raise awareness. I know there is a wider agenda about screening but the research on this will not go live until later in the year.
From a personal perspective, I also want to talk about how much Ovarian cancer is a journey in the mind as well as the body. I don't think people really understand this. And I also think many women feel very isolated and unable to discuss the emotional side. Forums like this are helpful but to be absolutely honest I also find this forum quite difficult. It is very hard to hear everyone's difficult experiences and still keep a positive outlook. What do others feel about how we can support each other but also feel able to move on in our lives and have days when we are really trying not to think about cancer? I do find getting this many messages from Health Unlocked means it is hard to escape.
So - open to your ideas. Though - reality check - I will only get a couple of minutes!
Very best wishes to all, Liz