Walking through the streets of the centre of Edinburgh. The city lit up with Christmas decor and busy people making their way home from the office. Not me. On the 8th of December I made my way to Scottish Parliament for an event. An event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and Pancreatic Cancer UK sponsored by the lovely Clare Adamson MSP, to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month has now came to an end, but the spirit of raising awareness and funding continues.
After going through a process of entering the building which can only be described as passport secruity, myself and Eilidh Forrest stepped into the Burns Room of the Scottish Parliament. The room was filled with medical experts, MSP’s, determination, motivation, grief, support and people who have lost loved ones. Of course, myself and Eilidh were selfie daft OMG amazing Scottish Parliament #achievement. But, all of these people have the same reason and goal for attending this event, which is to change the statistic and create more survivors.
The survival rate for Pancreatic Cancer is still shockingly low. Alex Ford, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, gave an inspirational speech about the future, with determination we can change the statistics. There has been a slight change in the statistics baby steps, survival rates has increased from 3% to 5%, but still a long way to go. Sadly, most people only hear about Pancreatic Cancer through personal experience. Hopefully, more can be done to raise more awareness.
Another inspirational speech was given by the purple lady Kim Rowan, Co-founder of Team Scotland Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. On reflection, myself and Eilidh thought she gave a very passionate speech, mourning loved ones, but turning a negative experience into a postive one. The emotional words of the purple lady echoed round the room, as many remembered their loved ones.
Representing Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Ross Carter trustee of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and consultant pancreatic surgeon gave an inspirational speech. Ross Carter spoke about the symptoms and his hopes for an earlier diagnoses. There is hope!
Hope is contagious #HopeIsContagious.
At the event a kind lady called Maggie Watts, gave me a badge with the words “#HopeIsContagious“. These words stand for a campaign for Pancreatic Cancer, which I think fits in perfectly. If you believe in it, passionate, then you can achieve it.
Pancreatic Cancer can affect anyone. No matter what age. It is important to be aware of the signs, spread as much awareness as possible.
There was a time in my life that I didn’t know anyone with Pancreatic Cancer.
It is so important to know the signs which you can see one of the signs in the Pancreatic Cancer UK picture board above – jaundice. Other symptoms including…
- Abdominal or back pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Change in stools
- New onset diabetes not associated with being overweight
It’s evident some of these symptoms can go unnoticed. But a better understanding of these symptoms can increase survival rates. Therefore, creating more survivors for the future.
To help us with our mission for the future, Clare Adamson MSP, kindly sponsored the event. It’s Clare’s compassion and kindness which is helping us spread awareness of the evils of Pancreatic Cancer.
As glasses of wine clink, tears are shed, stories are shared about Pancreatic Cancer, we hope for a brighter future. We hope to get rid of the evils of Pancreatic Cancer.
In loving memory of Julia Forrest 💜
Can you relate? Or am I just going crazy?