We recently held a Being Together day in Glasgow. Gillian (above left) and Kay (above right) who met on the day told us what it meant to them.
I had my surgery for ovarian and womb cancer on the 5 August this year at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow. Fortunately my wait from diagnosis to operation wasn't long. I felt that I wanted to tell everyone I know about this disease that crept up on me with symptoms that still meant I'd been able to hold down a full time job, ride my Harley motorbike, camp etc.
I wanted to raise awareness so that early detection would become a real possibility. My Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rhona, mentioned the Being Together day being held in Glasgow and I was a little apprehensive due to the complete shock of my diagnosis and the imminent start of my chemotherapy.
I did decide to go, and that was one of the wisest move I made as I met some truly inspiring and motivated women travelling through their own individual journey with ovarian cancer. The main thing that struck me was the happy, relaxed atmosphere - very upbeat and positive. The workshops on offer were all very valuable, I just wish I could have done more, and the speakers brought very useful and practical information.
These days can only be an advantage to women no matter what stage in their journey and I certainly left that session as a happier and more positive person. It has inspired me to start fundraising, and I have already arranged a music festival for 18 October which will also help raise awareness.
I can honest say that there wasn't one negative aspect to the Being Together day, and if anyone is worried or not sure to attend a further event, please go and see how useful you will find this day.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Target Ovarian Cancer’s Being Together day but the moment I got there I felt totally relaxed. My Mum came with me and within minutes of arriving I was in tears with the woman who sat down next to us. We just totally clicked. Everyone was so friendly and keen to talk and listen to each other's journey along the path of the ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Would love to attend another day with all these ladies and their partners as they're just wasn't enough time to get round everyone. If anyone reading this is debating whether to go or not, please, please go. You honestly won't regret it. So many courageous women who have fought and still fighting this dreadful disease all in the one room creates an atmosphere that words just can't describe. Thank you Target Ovarian Cancer.