This week I've become a Regional Co-ordinator for Ovacome (ROCC). I went along for a training session at the Ovacome Office in Old Street, London. It was great to meet two other trainee volunteers, Gill and Sue, who will be ROCCs in the Berkshire and Birmingham areas. I hadn't quite realised before how lonely it can be having Ovarian Cancer and just how good it would be to meet people whom I've come to know from blogs and posts on the Ovacome site.
We had an inspirational few hours with Ruth Grigg who gave us a pile of information sheets and a bigger pile of ideas to inspire our ROCC volunteering. It would be great to hear from our more experienced ROCC sisters to share good tips and good stories.
Fired with enthusiasm I drew up a To-Do list on the way back to Cardiff from Paddington and it very quickly grew into a spidergram of gigantic proportions. Having a nice big map means I can pick and choose what I'd most like to do and when I'd like to do it.
I've been tremendously inspired hearing how many of you distribute OVACOME literature and cards. First thing I did yesterday was to take a copy of the BEAT-Friendly Surgery Poster round to my GP because he has been fantastic and the surgery deserves the award. I was a bit nervous about doing it but I inscribed the back of the poster for my doctor as a thank you. He was delighted and it went straight up on the notice board. First task done. It was only a tiny little one and it wasn't half as scary as I thought it would be.
If anyone wants to get in touch my ROCC email is Annie_Ovacome@mail.com