Come to­gether to beat Big C

Look at my whop­ping gong!

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I AM writ­ing this week’s col­umn as the re­cip­i­ent of a Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

I was hon­oured with the gong at the Paul Ray­mond Awards last week and I was ab­so­lutely blown away that I was cho­sen!

I knew I was get­ting it for a few months but I had to keep it a se­cret, so I’m glad the cat is fi­nally out of the bag.

Can you be­lieve I am the first wo­man to ever re­ceive the ac­co­lade? Which is why I am es­pe­cially proud.

It is liv­ing on the win­dowsill in my front room at the mo­ment, I WASN’T shocked when I read an ar­ti­cle which said pan­cre­atic can­cer will of­fi­cially be the third most deadly form of the dis­ease by 2017.

As most of you know, my mum passed away from pan­cre­atic can­cer and I have said so many times that we need to ded­i­cate more time and money into rais­ing the pro­file of the dis­ease.

It is set to over­take breast can­cer to take third place as the form of can­cer which claims the most lives in the UK – af­ter lung and bowel can­cer – and I re­ally can’t say I am sur­prised.

Breast can­cer has had so much pub­lic­ity and money ded­i­cated to it over the past decade – de­servedly so.

And that’s done amaz­ing things to im­prove the chances of pa­tient re­cov­ery by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to check them­selves and be aware of the signs and symp­toms for an early di­ag­no­sis.

Now we need to do the un­til my of­fice up­stairs is fin­ished where it will take pride of place.

It is such an amaz­ing feel­ing to know that all my years of hard work haven’t gone un­no­ticed and that my peers and other peo­ple within the in­dus­try recog­nise my achieve­ments.

This is the fourth award I’ve won to date, but noth­ing will ever top this one! I feel like this means I’ve reached the top of my game now.

Don’t worry though, I won’t be call­ing time on my ca­reer any­time soon! same for other types of can­cer that are less well known – like pan­cre­atic can­cer, which has the low­est sur­vival rates.

It doesn’t have the same ob­vi­ous symp­toms – un­like breast can­cer there is no vis­i­ble lump to be spot­ted, and in most cases it can stay hid­den un­til it’s reached the late stages and of­ten, by then, it is too late.

So we re­ally need to come to­gether and raise the pro­file of this dis­ease and bring it to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion so that, hope­fully, less peo­ple have their lives torn apart like I did when I lost my dear old mum. CHUFFED: Me with award NOT long to go now un­til the best re­al­ity show of the lot is back on our screens! starts this Sun­day and af­ter the of­fi­cial line-up was an­nounced this week I ac­tu­ally think it could be the best year yet! For once the cast­ing peo­ple seem to have pulled their fin­ger out and ac­tu­ally signed up peo­ple we have all heard of! I have not picked a clear win­ner yet though, as I want to see how ev­ery­one gets on when they first en­ter the camp. Don’t miss next week’s col­umn and I’ll let you know who I’m tip­ping to be crowned the King or Queen of the jun­gle for 2016!

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