Adele was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. She is now one of our ‘Walkmakers’, an ambassador for The Ovarian Cancer Walk taking place this October at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and at Callendar Park in Falkirk. She took the time to tell us about her experience and why she’s involved with the walk.
My first experience of cancer was breast cancer in 1999. I was then diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and learned that I had a BRCA2 gene mutation in 2008.
The ovarian cancer came back in 2010 and I feared the worst as I was told that my life expectancy was less than five years. But I am still here and very grateful for life. I was treated both times with surgery and chemotherapy - Carboplatin and Paclitaxel (Taxol) - and I had all my treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
If I could give advice to anyone with ovarian cancer, I’d say:
- Accept all help that is offered to you
- Join a support group
- If you can, spend a few days at the wonderful Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol
- Don't give up hope
- Be present to your feelings
Target Ovarian Cancer is a great charity which does a lot to support women with ovarian cancer. I first discovered the charity when I attended one of their ‘Being Together’ days. It was a lovely way to meet other women in a similar situation to me.
I think it is so important to have a regular, annual walk for ovarian cancer awareness in the UK. I was delighted when I heard that The Ovarian Cancer Walk was to be held in London and think that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the perfect location.
Many people have never heard of ovarian cancer and don't know or recognise the symptoms so the more that can be done to raise awareness, the better. Since my own diagnosis I have done as much as I can to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms so being a ‘Walkmaker’ seemed like a great opportunity to do more.
Join hundreds of women and men across the UK who are taking steps to beat ovarian cancer. Find out about The Ovarian Cancer Walk, taking place in London and Falkirk and sign up today.