Yesterday it was heartening to observe the media attention to Ovarian Cancer. It's good that our various governments and assemblies are taking note of this and comforting to know that charities such as Ovacome and Ovarian Action are lobbying on our behalf.
By coincidence I had an appointment with my oncologist yesterday and we talked about the media interest in Ovarian Cancer. She urged me to encourage support groups to become active lobby groups, or at least encourage members who are interested, to become politically active. She told me the patient voice is an important force for change in the NHS. Una Polegrass in Northern Ireland said it all, 'I am only one person'.
I sensed some resignation and regret in the unspoken words of my oncologist - or am I imagining this - that she felt the medical profession hold little sway by comparison to us.
So I'm just passing on her words. If you belong to a Support Group please raise the issue of Patient Representation as a political lobby and a force for change.