It’s been a year since Ovarian Cancer Action got involved with its first support group in Cardiff. It has been another great way to work closely with those suffering from the disease and their families, giving them support and helping us to understand what is really important to those affected by ovarian cancer.
The support group was founded by ovarian cancer patient and activist Annie Mulholland but, after she sadly passed away last year, the group were worried that the support group would end without Annie leading the meetings.
The group of ovarian cancer patients and their families reached out to our Wales Regional Officer Alicia and asked her if Ovarian Cancer Action could take on the support group. Alicia agreed to facilitate the group, however she has been keen to ensure the group is still very much peer led and run by the members.
Alicia says: “It has been great getting to know the ladies and building a relationship with those who attend the group. The distances that members are prepared to travel to the group has made me realise how important it is for people with the disease to have a space where they can talk about what’s going on. They share information, support each other and have a general natter on all manner of subjects, from treatment to pets!
"I very much enjoy going to the group, hearing real people’s stories and getting to update them on research and work that the charity is doing."
Attending a support group for the first time can be scary but there are lots of benefits from speaking to others in the same position. People attend the Cardiff Ovarian Cancer Action Support Group for a variety of reasons.
Jackie says: “When I was first diagnosed I found the support group a great comfort. Meeting others with ovarian cancer took a lot of the initial fear away. The ladies were so helpful and friendly. I have continued to go to hopefully give support to others, as I haven't forgotten how much it helped me”.
Shan says: “When I had the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, my world fell apart. I was having treatment in Velindre when I saw a leaflet to attend a meeting with other ladies who had ovarian cancer. I attended the meeting with my cousin who came to support me and we met some wonderful ladies who I could speak to about my illness, which at the time helped me greatly”.
The Cardiff Ovarian Cancer Action support group is a relaxed, informal group that meets on the last Wednesday of every month in lounge of the Copthorne hotel Culverhouse Cross Cardiff 11am-12:30pm.
The group are planning an evening meeting in September in Pontpridd to try give those who can’t attend the day meeting an opportunity to meet with others (partners, friend and family welcome).
If you are interested in attending either the regular support group, or the evening event, please email Alicia@ovarian.org.uk or call 07761 511927.