Inspiring Fi to address cancer tea party
Inspirational Tayside woman Fi Munro will speak at Westminster today at the launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Fi, 33, from Errol, will join politicians, clinicians, celebrities and activists at a tea party organised by gynaecological cancer charity the Eve Appeal.
She has been asked to speak at parliament as a leading campaigner on ovarian cancer, which is being highlighted with an awareness campaign in March.
She was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in January 2016 and had surgery to remove five of her organs – and parts of four more – before the disease went into remission.
It returned in December 2017, causing her right lung to collapse, and her condition is now terminal.
Fi said: “I am really proud to be part of this year’s Make Time For Tea and extremely grateful for all that the Eve Appeal does to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and the other cancers affecting women.
“Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because its symptoms are so subtle.
“However, like many other women, I was aware of my symptoms and the risk they posed.
“Many women’s symptoms are misdiagnosed by their GP as IBS, food intolerances, hormonal imbalances and even stress.
“In my local area alone, two young women died even before starting treatment last year because they were not referred for the proper screening by their GP when they raised concerns about their symptoms.
“That is why I am such a huge supporter of the Eve Appeal and all it does to help raise awareness and advocate for the voices of women like me.
“Through their work, undoubtedly the lives of many women will be saved.
“My cancer may never be cured but with advances in treatment and through increased awareness of the symptoms, I see a future where fewer women will be diagnosed with late-stage disease and where more women will be able to live longer with their cancer.”
Fi Munro, from Errol, is raising awareness of ovarian cancer.