As part of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, we'll be chatting with the awesome Jessi, Alice, and Lydia from our community about their experience of a gynae cancer diagnosis. 

You've told us just how important it was to have a safe space to chat about all things cancer, tv, exercise, and everything in between with others so that's what we're doing. 

Join us in a welcome and supportive space online, where we'll be will be talking to three young adults about their experience.

  • You'll have the opportunity to connect and chat with others who get what it's like living with and beyond a gynae cancer diagnosis in their 20s or 30s
  • Hear from Jessi, Alice, and Lydia about the ins and outs of coping once treatment ends 

We know each cancer experience is different, so remember some of the things you may hear during this event you may want to bank for later or may not be right for you or for right now.


MEET YOUR HOSTS:

Jessi was diagnosed with extremely rare ovarian cancer after an emergency trip to A&E. Her cancer is now considered incurable but currently is treatable on hormone therapy, Metformin and other alternatives.  

The loneliness that comes with being diagnosed at a young age is why Trekstock is so important for adults like me. With gynae cancers, I think you can often feel even more alone as it's not usually a cancer young adults are diagnosed with. There also can be a lot of stigma attached still and issues like early menopause to navigate. I'm really looking forward to connecting with others in the same situation and having a good old rant and hopefully a laugh as well!

Alice was diagnosed with stage 1b cervical cancer in 2018. She had a hysterectomy and radiotherapy to treat it but it, unfortunately, returned a couple of months later. Since then she's had 10 rounds of chemo, targeted radiotherapy and a massive operation called a pelvic exenteration (where she had her bladder removed). She now has a stoma and will be starting some immunotherapy soon. 

"I want to raise awareness for my type of cancer and how important it is to get symptoms checked out even if you’ve had a recent clear smear test. I also hope by sharing my story it will help others in similar situations
Lydia is 29 from London. She was diagnosed with a rare form of womb cancer at 24 and living in Manchester following years of abnormal bleeding symptoms. She was put on a hormone treatment which put her in temporary menopause and then had a hysterectomy. She started hosting Trekstock meetups in Manchester before moving to London. Since then she has been raising awareness of womb cancer, abnormal bleeding and the impact of infertility. She now runs the communications for the gynae cancer charity, The Eve Appeal.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

7:30pm - Team Trekstock will welcome you to the event. We'd love for you to join us 5-10 mins early so we can kick things off on time

7:35pm - We'll introduce you to your hosts Jessi, Lydia and Alice. We'll then have a quick icebreaker where each of you can introduce yourself and tell everyone a bit about yourself (not as cringe as it sounds, we promise!)

8:00pm - Connect and chat with the other attendees about your experiences, there's no pressure here - we just want to create a safe space for you to talk freely. Feel free to just listen if you're not up to chatting at the moment. 

8:30pm - Team Trekstock will wrap up the event

*Just so you know, no medical advice will be provided during this event, if you having any questions regarding your treatment please speak to your oncology team*

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