A cake and tea celebration for 60 people, is Annie Mulholland’s wish to bring the neighborhood together and help save lives.
March 2011, when she was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer.
The 62-year old from Pontcanna, holds an occasion in observance of the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
She wishes to raise funds for charity Target Ovarian Cancer while sharing consciousness by baking various treats.
A Cardiff University ex-official said:
“It’s an incurable cancer but I have been lucky and been able to enjoy my life and wellbeing. I have been through two lots of chemotherapy and I will be going through a third round of treatment later this year. I am having a nice period at the moment where I’m feeling well.
It’s important to do things like this party because people don’t know how to handle cancer. People can get embarrassed when talking about it so I wanted to raise awareness about all sorts of cancer.
It’s important to encourage people not to be frightened of a disease and it’s often something you can manage for a number of years and live quite well with.
Different people respond to it in different ways and I have lost so many friends of ovarian cancer. I have been quite lucky I don’t suffer too badly with chemotherapy. I have to allow that I am not as fit as I was and I have to adjust my expectations. It’s important to enjoy what I’m doing.”
Annie manages an ovarian cancer group, she aspires to raise £1,000 for charity yearly and wishes to raise higher than £250 at the celebration.
Annie urges the national and Welsh Government to raise unbiased access to medicines.
She went to London for her treatment from the Royal Marsden Hospital after she was informed by Welsh health panel that the medicine Avastin was not available in 2013.
“Wales has really poor cancer survival statistics for ovarian cancer as not all women are referred by their GPs when they ought to be so raising awareness is important. As a country, we don’t have an awareness raising campaign so patients have to have to get on and do it for themselves.”
“One in 50 women will be affected by ovarian cancer and yet few women know the symptoms of any of the five gynecological cancers.
“I thought there must be more than 100 houses in my road so statistically someone is going to get some form of cancer so I will use the party to spread awareness.
“It’s vital we raise awareness as early diagnosis will save lives.”