Sunday, 19 February 2012

Raising Awareness & Empowering Women

Running a support group whilst trying to recover from major surgery and cancer treatment has been a bit difficult at times but knowing that what we do as WCSUK is valued by the women who come to us is what keeps us going.
Knowing how alone we felt in the early days of diagnosis; having no-one to talk to about how we felt; knowing no-one with a similar diagnosis.
The women who are part of WCSUK don't have to go through that - because now there is somewhere they go go for help, advice, support and a shoulder to cry on!
Its been truly humbling to see how the women have come together to "be there" for each other.

But it doesn't stop there. Supporting women going through womb cancer treatment is one thing, but raising awareness of a cancer that kills around 1,700 women in the UK each year (and over 8.000 in US!) is proving a hard thing to achieve.

What can WCSUK do? The women in the group are spread around the UK - none of us have ever met! We do what we can by sharing links on Facebook and twitter but how do we reach the many women out there who may be about to get a diagnosis of womb cancer, or the many thousands who could be at a high risk of getting a diagnosis in the future?

A dedicated national womb cancer charity would be a start! It would help to reach the women who are not on Facebook. We have had a petition running now for some months and it is slowly gathering signatures so we know that there is a need for this kind of charity.
Please share the link with as many people as possible - via Facebook, twitter, email etc.

March 8th is International Women's Day and WCSUK is joining this year is a bid to raise global awareness of womb/uterine/endometrial cancer. Please join us and again, share the link around. It is the only way that we can, at present, get the word out and raise awareness. We have no publicity budget; we can't take out advertisments in the press or get leaflets printed. We need you, the women of this world to help other women and give them the information they need to look after themselves.

Because no-one fights alone!

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