Help­ing peach and ev­ery­one beat cancer

Spe­cial tea party raises aware­ness of womb cancer

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A spe­cial tea party helped to pour a drop of com­mu­nity spirit into Pais­ley and raise aware­ness for an im­por­tant cause.

Ren­frew­shire Car­ers Cen­tre hosted a peachy tea party to help bring at­ten­tion to womb cancer, af­ter one Ren­frewhire local bat­tled the dis­ease.

Liz Mur­ray ap­proached the cen­tre with the idea of hold­ing a party to spread aware­ness of the dis­ease.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with womb cancer, also known as en­dome­trial or uter­ine cancer, Liz was rushed to surgery.

Luck­ily, be­cause her cancer was caught early, Liz didn’t have to un­dergo any fur­ther treat­ment,

Now, she wants to make sure more peo­ple are aware of the dis­ease so that they can spot the symp­toms early.

Liz said: “I con­sider my­self to be very lucky. I knew what the early signs were and I had my treat­ment quickly.

“I am now de­ter­mined to raise aware­ness to help other women catch this cancer early.”

The tea party of­fered tea and cof­fee, home bak­ing, a raf­fle and spe­cial quiz de­signed to share knowl­edge of the ill­ness.

Womb cancer is the fourth most com­mon fe­male cancer and the most com­mon gy­nae­co­log­i­cal cancer, and – as with all can­cers – the ear­lier it is di­ag­nosed the bet­ter.

The is­sue is of­ten seen as a taboo sub­ject, but Liz is de­ter­mined that ev­ery­one should feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent talk­ing about gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers and the im­pact a di­ag­no­sis can have.

Ev­ery­one was keen to learn more – with around 15 women at­tend­ing the tea party .

The ladies snacked on de­li­cious home- baked goods, in­clud­ing fresh cream meringues and tasty cup­cakes.

Many of the peo­ple there were cancer sur­vivors them­selves or had seen a loved one suf­fer with the dis­ease.

A cup of tea was on hand as the lo­cals shared their sto­ries of cancer treat­ment and di­ag­no­sis.

Rhian McLean from Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Cancer Trust gave a talk, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on a range of is­sues. There was also a quiz and raf­fle to en­joy.

Liz thanked Marie Granger and Katie Ball at the Car­ers Cen­tre for all their help, while a spokes­woman from the cen­tre called the day “a great suc­cess”.

It’s good to talk Rhi­ann chats to Avril Gra­ham and An­na­marie Don­nell Tasty Lots of good­ies were on of­fer

Sweet treats Pub­lic health en­gage­ment co­or­di­na­tor Rhi­ann McLean for Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Cancer Trust, left, with event or­gan­iser Liz Mur­ray

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