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    20 March 2018

    Rob Dawson

    Rob wrote the following blog post in July last year, three days before he lost his mum, Carole, to ovarian cancer. While her loss has been devastating, Rob has tried to channel his energy into fundraising for our research projects, paying tribute to the amazing woman who always supported him and let him be himself.
    Rob Dawson collage
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    06 March 2018

    Darren Halmshaw

    Darren lost his wife, Pamela, in October 2016 after a ten-year fight with ovarian cancer. He shares his story.
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    05 March 2018

    Bev Poulton

    Bev, from Porthcawl, Wales, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She tells us about her diagnosis, treatment and the importance of taking one day at a time
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    02 March 2018

    Florence Wilks

    Florence was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2010 and has undergone several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy and extensive surgery over the past eight years. She reflects on the moments that have been stolen from her, as well as the importance of finding joy, even in the hardest times.
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  • Your Stories

    26 February 2018

    Jo Stanford

    OCA Cancer Prevention Officer Jo is our resident expert on all BRCA-related issues. She shares the pain of losing her beloved Mum to ovarian cancer and how genetic testing has enabled her to take control of her own future.
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  • Your Stories

    23 January 2018

    Katie Mumford

    When Katie discovered she was BRCA2 positive, she knew immediately that she wanted to have preventative breast surgery to reduce her risk of breast cancer. However, the decision about when to remove her ovaries and the implications of doing so is proving to be more emotionally complex.
    Katie Mumford
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    08 December 2017

    Maureen Powell

    Maureen was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer last year, aged 50. It has not been an easy journey but after taking part in a clinical trial, she is now in remission and intends to make the most of life.
    Maureen Powell
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    29 November 2017

    Jo Blankley

    Jo Blankley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 29. Eight years on from her diagnosis, she shares her story to encourage other women to listen to their bodies and to act on anything that doesn't feel right...
    Jo Blankley
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    08 November 2017

    Kim Gray

    Kim Gray was diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 ovarian cancer in Summer 2016. Now nine months post-chemo and still NED, (no evidence of disease), she hopes that sharing her story will give hope to other women who have just been diagnosed or are about to start their chemo or have surgery.
    Kim Gray
  • Your Stories

    28 September 2017

    Sara Le-Surf

    Like many women, Sara put caring for others above her own health concerns and it didn't occur to her that her abdominal pain could be a sign of cancer
    Sara
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    27 September 2017

    Madeleine Hudson

    Madeleine Hudson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year. It took a long time for her to realise that her aches, pains and rapid weight gain couldn't simply be attributed to her age or diet...
    Madeleine Hudson
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    19 September 2017

    Janet Tindall

    Janet was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, aged 68 and participated in an Avastin trial. She reflects on the challenges of treatment and her journey so far.
    Janet Tindall
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    15 September 2017

    Helen Hogg

    Helen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, aged 47. This month, 10 years after her diagnosis, she will trek part of the Great Wall of China in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action.
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  • Your Stories

    21 August 2017

    Sam Schinkel

    After Sam's father was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013 and tested positively for the BRCA gene mutation, Sam and her brother also decided to get tested.
    Sam Schinkel
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    16 August 2017

    Paula Cann

    Paula Cann was experiencing the classic symptoms of ovarian cancer but she was diagnosed with a cyst that was only removed due to its size. Two weeks later she discovered that the cyst was cancerous and that she needed chemotherapy...
    Paula Cann
  • Your Stories

    20 July 2017

    Laura Roberts

    Laura Roberts is 39 and has a BRCA1 mutation. She found out she was BRCA1+ about 14 years ago when she was tested for the gene at the Royal Marsden hospital in London.
    Laura Roberts
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    30 June 2017

    Caroline Raphael

    Caroline went to the doctor after she started having stomach cramps. Fortunately she was referred quickly, meaning her ovarian cancer was caught at an early stage. She shares her story in the hope of encouraging other women to act on unusual symptoms quickly.
    Caroline Raphael
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    09 April 2017

    Karen Holden

    Karen was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October last year, aged 49. Now in remission, she hopes to help others by sharing her experience
    Karen Holden ovarian cancer story
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    05 April 2017

    Chris Treanor

    Chris first experienced symptoms of ovarian cancer in October 2007 aged 51. She credits the vigilance of her GP for her early diagnosis.
    Chris Treanor
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    05 April 2017

    Amanda Cawthorn

    Amanda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 42 but didn’t have the normal symptoms. It was a persistent cough that kept taking her back to her GP.
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