International Gyn Aware Day was celebrated by Cornwall Hospital in the UK with the help of the Fire Brigade! Their report is below…
(IGAD) was hailed as “a tremendous success” by PANTS Founder Jeannette Preston & many majors who attended. PANTS seeks to raise awareness, self esteem & offer support for all types of women’s cancer & female health problems. This was the first IGAD, linking up with women globally celebrating that day. Kath Mazzella – a gynae advocate in Perth – Australia was my inspiration for this event.
Penmore Hotel Falmouth hosted with a range of Guest Speakers/Therapists/Gynae Cancer survivors sharing their experience, giving hope & encouragement, J Mills Gynae cancer nurse spoke about “Knowing your body”. Marianne -, entertained with a light hearted presentation about sexuality.
Fabia – Lichen Sclerosis Soc. came all the way from Lyme Regis to talk about her condition & link in. We were treated to beautiful guitar playing by Buzz as everyone tucked into lunch. The day consisted of: Look Good, Feel Good display for women undergoing chemo/radiotherapy,: a Chattering of Mayors supporting. Their worships: S Callen, Truro, & her Consort Mr Callen – former Gynae cancer surgeon.
FIRE BRIGADE TO THE RESCUE: Joy Robinson of Radio Cornwall & I as womb cancer survivors, linked Dr Campbell to the studio & we spoke about PANTS & Gynae cancers. Speakers: Dr Noon – Pain Management Clinic, hypnotherapy/Dr Davenport – Clinical Health Psychologist/Hypnotherapist. J Salmon, Radiog./Acupuncturist. Dr Campbell, pioneering in vulval cancer, rounded off with a visit from Falmouth Fire Brigade who came to “ rescue “ her & take her to the Fire Engine. Several of audience happily got rescued too. Something about men in uniform!
Mr Das, Mr Lopes, Gynae cancer specialists, Drs Bailey & Thomson, Clinical Oncs. shared knowledge & discussion forum. What an experience it was to have these highly acclaimed specialists joining in (IGAD) Day. Cornwall County Council Music Therapy Dept. offered a workshop. Joy Robinson offering a quickly thought up version of Whose Line is it Anyway & we all joined in with. Much laughter all round. Therapists gave of their time & colleagues offered Bowen Therapy/Yoga/Bach therapy/Reike Healing, Reflexology/ hand massage & artistic skills. Special thanks to everyone for their generous donation.
Keep Cancer Care in Cornwall ROSE PLANTING CEREMONY: was blessed by Fr Nikita in memory of women who have died of Gynae cancer. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Thanks.