Ovacome supports around 18,000 people every year, all of whom have been affected by ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a truly devastating diagnosis which nearly always requires extensive surgery and gruelling, life changing treatment.
Ovacome sits at the heart of the ovarian cancer community, we make sure that those affected by the disease have access to factually accurate information about the disease, available treatments and research. As a less common cancer many of those diagnosed with the disease may never meet someone else with the disease without our help. We build communities of support, we provide events and speakers, we provide invaluable resources to help people navigate their way through the often terrifying and confusing road ahead of them.
Very importantly we make sure that we are reducing the isolation that people feel, helping them to speak to and meet others in similar circumstances.
Because of the pandemic we have had to cancel all our face to face events and so we have moved our workshops online through our Staying Connected service. We provide professional workshop leaders who can give advice on topics such as; diet during treatment; how to exercise post surgery; how to cope with anxiety - to name a few. This is a critical lifeline to hundreds of people every week. But we also want to include those who cannot get online so we have expanded our phone line support and we post out resources and information to all those who need it. For those who are feeling especially lonely or scared we can book in regular calls and we have been sending out pamper packs through the post to those who need them. We can even provide translators or transcripts of our workshops to those who cannot get online.
For some who are shielding or recently diagnosed (since March 2020) this support is more important than ever.
"l am so grateful to Ovacome, you have helped me so much during this lockdown. Having been hospitalised for 4 months over the winter then discharged just at the time Covid was hitting, l really feel the need for support right now, and Ovacome are there just when l need you. l live on my own and am shielding so l am finding the Zoom meetings so helpful for information and support. Thank you to all the staff at Ovacome, you are doing a really brilliant job through such difficult times." - Karen, 67
If we hit our target of £3,000 we will be able to:
*Extend our online support to 5 events every week for 4 months.
*Send out 30 pamper packs full of goodies to those who most need them (because they cannot get out to buy them or because they are experiencing financial hardship) that are suitable for those going through chemotherapy and post-surgery - to make their week a little brighter.
*Extend our call back service for those aged over 75 and those who cannot get online. That way we can talk through everything covered in our online sessions, ensuring that everyone benefits from the expert knowledge of our speakers.
"Support and guidance, along with information is really needed at this time and it is fantastic that we have support groups and charities such as Ovacome, who work tirelessly to aid women affected by ovarian cancer. When I was diagnosed, I wanted to read up about it, find out what I could and read about other women’s experiences and outcomes. Finding something or someone to relate to, who knows what it feels like and who has been through the same or something similar to you, is something you just can’t find any other way and is so important. It makes us feel that we are not alone." - An Ovacome service user