Well, today’s the day. We finally hit double figures!!! WCSUK is 10 years old!!
What started out as a simple FB page offering support to other women who, like me, had been diagnosed with womb cancer has grown into a national not for profit organisation with over 4,000 followers on FB; a well-used website; a great social media presence and over 20,000 womb cancer awareness leaflets distributed around the UK. All done from my kitchen table in a tiny flat on Isle of Bute, off west coast of Scotland.
Of course, as I’ve always said, WCSUK is not all about me – it’s about the many, many women who come to us looking for support, information, advice; those who want to help raise awareness of a cancer that, like me, they had never heard of before they were diagnosed.
We have a small but very dedicated group of ladies, some of whom have been part of WCSUK for many years who help us raise awareness by holding awareness events or putting leaflets in their local area. Some have done radio interviews or articles in their local paper. Some have written guest blog posts for our website – nearly 60 #PeachSisters have shared their story to help raise awareness.
Every bit helps. When we started out all those years ago, our aim was to offer support to those who had been diagnosed but it soon became very apparent that there was a lack of awareness of what was, and still is, the most common gynaecological cancer. So we became a support & awareness organisation. Both equally as important as each other.
When I started this back in 2011 I never imagined that I would still be doing it 10 years on. At one time, in the early days I had wanted to make WCVSUK into a charity but that wasn’t possible due to various reasons. Over the past few years my own health has deteriorated significantly so I am thrilled that back in September 2020 Peaches Womb Cancer Trust, a dedicated womb cancer charity sprang into life. It means that WCSUK can take a step back and concentrate on what we were originally set up to do; offer online support to those women who have been diagnosed with womb cancer.
Of course, we fully support Peaches Trust in what they do and look forward to them growing and helping raise yet more awareness & also doing research in womb cancer, something that has sadly been lacking over many years.
Right, time for some Birthday cake.