In­spir­ing Fi to ad­dress cancer tea party

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

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.

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