Kerry attended Being Together Edinburgh in September and has shared her experience and why she would wholeheartedly recommend women to go.
Having recently attended my first Being Together event in Edinburgh, I noted how many women said they had been a bit nervous about attending but, by the end of the day, were very glad they’d gone. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous, especially if we’re a bit shy around new people. But it’s just as likely − whether we’re coping with a new diagnosis, readjusting to life after surgery and treatment, or caring for someone with ovarian cancer − is that we are actually feeling anxious about what emotions the day might bring up in us.
The truth is, Being Together Edinburgh was an overwhelmingly positive experience. The warmth and friendliness of the Target Ovarian Cancer staff put everyone at ease straight away. I attended on my own, but sat down at a table that had a few empty seats, and was immediately drawn into a lively conversation with the other women – and I was surprised to find myself actually laughing within the first few minutes. Not at all what I was expecting to do! Next, the opening remarks from the lovely and inspirational Fi Munro really set the tone for the day, as she talked about her fierce determination to focus on the positives in her life.
What’s more, the focus of the day’s workshops was very positive too. I chose the ‘Eating well to live well’ nutrition workshop, and the ‘Relaxation and stress management’ session. Both were wonderful, led by compassionate women with deep experience of working with cancer patients, and both offered lots of great advice on how to live happier and healthier lives. The panel of experts was very informative as well.
If you’ve not yet experienced what it’s like meeting other women who have been through (or are still going through) ovarian cancer, it’s an incredible feeling. There’s something so liberating about not having to explain anything to anybody, and knowing that the people you’re talking to truly understand your story on a level no one else can. By the end of the day I realised why the day is called ‘Being Together’ – it’s really what it’s all about. If you have the opportunity to attend an event near you, I wholeheartedly recommend it!
We have two more support events coming this Autumn; Supporting You in Hull 26 October and Being Together Brighton 16 November. They're all free to attend (but please register in advance) and a wonderful opportunity to meet other women with ovarian cancer.