We started of the year by being honoured with the One Team One Goal Advocacy Champion Award(Europe). It was for playing our part in the global coalition-building campaign that unites all gynaecological oncology practise and advocacy groups in signing and supporting the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Declaration.
In June, we became a member of Cancer52, http://www.cancer52.org.uk/ an alliance of 60+ small cancer organisations who offer support and advice for the less common cancers. It is hoped that by joining forces, all of our voices will be heard as we seek to address the inequality and improve outcomes for patients.
In September we held our 1st get together. A group of around 20 women who are part of the private chat group on Facebook got together for a weekend of awareness raising and general "getting to know" each other. Most of us stayed in the same hotel and on the Saturday, we held a photo shoot at a local landmark known as the "floosie in the Jacuzzi".
The awareness raising continued, as always, through the year. New ladies have joined the main page and the number of likers now stands at 837 with 115 in the private chat group.
We are reaching out to ever more women and are there to offer to mutual support and advice. The private chat group is a confidential haven for the women to talk in complete privacy about things; and we constantly hear from the women how much they value this space.
WCSUK is constantly networking with other cancer awareness groups and as many other organisations as we can in the hope of raising awareness of womb cancer.
Both myself and Debra were very pleased to be asked to become part of the team of writers for Beauty Despite Cancer http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/blog/ the wonderful website run by Jennifer Young.
Networking across Facebook and Twitter brings you into contact with some amazing people - Chris Lewis is one of them. I first came across him on Twitter and his blogs are so well written and speak for a lot of us cancer patients. http://chris-cancercommunity.blogspot.co.uk/
I have also had the privilege of writing a blog for the Saatchi Bill website http://saatchibill.tumblr.com/ about how innovation can help womb cancer.
So, as we look forward to 2014 and our 3rd Birthday in April we can reflect on another good year of raising awareness about womb cancer and more importantly, doing what we set out to do in the first place; offer support and advice to women who are going through or have been through a womb cancer diagnosis.
xx Kaz xx