I first came across Target Ovarian Cancer after I had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015. I used the website and guides to find information about the disease and went to a Being Together day in Norwich where I met other women in the same situation as me and learnt more about ovarian cancer.
I was really lucky. I responded well to treatment and a year after my diagnosis I was back on my feet and walking a lot to improve my fitness. I know that many of the women who were diagnosed at the same time as me were not so lucky and so I wanted to give something back. I am also desperate for some advances to be made in early diagnosis and advanced treatment – so that women don’t go through what I went through.
I walk regularly in the countryside which I used as my training. I wasn’t sure how far 5k might be. It turns out that while it isn’t that far, I still felt like it was time for a sit down by the time I reached the end.
My little team (me, my daughter and her friend) raised nearly a thousand pounds! We set up a Just Giving page so that friends and family could sponsor us. We were a bit rubbish with the online sponsorship but it didn’t matter – what mattered was turning up and doing the walk!
Taking part in the walk also prompted a few conversations with other women, who I would often chat to when I was looking for more sponsors. This was great because it meant that I could spread the word about ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the symptoms.
The day of the walk was fantastic with so many highlights. We all wore silly wigs (until they got hot and a bit scratchy!), and it was inspiring to walk around the Olympic park and see the markers for the jump that Greg Rutherford performed at the London 2012 Olympics. My brother also turned up to cheer us on – and best of all, I got a medal!