The funds raised in 2019 assisted in the Ovarian Cancer Support Team to set develop and deliver The Ovarian Cancer Younger Women’s Network.
The program is online facilitated support and information sessions, delivered monthly for 1.5 hours with between 3 and 12 women participating in each session with a health professional facilitator.
The topics covered each month were specifically tailored for this age group and included 'Talking to Kids about Cancer', 'Managing Menopause Symptoms', 'Coping Strategies and Managing Stress', 'Sexuality, Body Image and Relationships', 'Making Meaning after a Cancer Diagnosis' and 'Hope and Uncertainty.'
The program was overwhelmingly positive and was a significant benefit for all women who chose to take part.
The women strongly felt that the program increased their sense of connection to others with the disease and decreased the sense of isolation which can arise as a young woman living with ovarian cancer.
With these encouraging results Ovarian Cancer Australia are committed to continuing the program into 2020 and beyond.
Read what our women say about the sessions:
“It was my first time attending. I thought it was fabulous, thank you”
“Loved open discussion after presentation”
“Really took a lot away from this session super helpful advice and Sam was extremely knowledgeable and it was easy to understand the information she was giving us. Thanks so much for providing us with this support group, it has been very beneficial already!”
“I would highly recommend this group to any younger women with OC not so much to friends or colleagues”