Gill, from Northamptonshire, lost her daughter, Kate, to ovarian cancer at the age of just 28.
We lost Kate so suddenly, it left us devastated. She died of advanced ovarian cancer two months after receiving a late diagnosis.
If we had been aware of information and symptoms of this cruel disease at that time, our course of action would have been very different and our daughter's treatment could have started much sooner.
We now have a much better understanding of ovarian cancer than we did before Kate was diagnosed.
It's so important to ask for tests if you have a concern – namely a CA125 blood test, which can detect ovarian cancer. We need to educate medical professionals, as well as women of all ages. Time is of the essence with ovarian cancer.
Giving in memory
I signed up for the Target Ovarian Cancer Walk for One Million at Hatfield House, with my neighbour, Emma Smith, and 20 others. We walked in memory of Kate.
Target Ovarian Cancer has been so supportive, we wanted to raise money and awareness, especially among young women.
Kate often called her colleagues ‘poppet’, so her sister, Helen, named our team 'Kate’s Poppets'. Having an identity really added to our team spirit.
My husband, Stephen, and son Ben raised more than £1,000 with a golfing event and Kate’s partner, Joe, has raised nearly £4,000. I recently held a library coffee morning giving out leaflets and selling wristbands.
In total, we’ve raised over £30,000 in Kate’s memory.
Have you lost a loved one to ovarian cancer? Or supported family affected by the disease? Please share your story.