11th September 2019
Elizabeth attended The British Menopause Society's Women's Health Meeting today at Brands Hatch, where she spoke on her experiences of going through a surgically-induced early menopause. The audience was made up of hospital doctors, GPs and nurse practitioners, who all have an interest in the management of an early menopause. Thank you Miss Anne Henderson and The British Menopause Society for the invite.
10th September 2019
Thank you Whitehead Monckton!
We are delighted to say that we have been successful in a grant application from The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation for £1000. This will help us continue to run our wonderful support group, paying for refreshments at meetings, guest speakers, hospital bags, leaflets, business cards and our website fee.
21st May 2019
Breast Awareness Evening
27th April 2019
BRCA KENT ladies attended the Women's Cancer Genetics Meeting at KIMS Hospital today, to help promote our group. It was lovely to be able to support our wonderful consultants who look after us so well and be part of this invaluable and informative GP event.
Left to Right - Mr Haresh Devalia, Natalie Savage, Mr Mohsin Dani, Hayley Wright and Miss Anne Henderson.
12th March 2019
We were all feeling relaxed after our guest speaker Jane Pantony. Jane is a wellbeing consultant working with Penny Brohn UK. She spoke to us about the amazing work that this charity does to help restore some balance back to people undergoing cancer treatments. After discussing types of therapy such as reflexology, mindfulness and acupuncture, we all participated in a visualisation therapy. Thank you to Jane for taking the time to come and speak to us.
17th October 2018
A very big thank you to Anita Ralph from The Medicine Tree Herbal Centre for a fascinating talk on herbal medicines. It was especially interesting to actually taste some of the wonderful products produced by Anita. She runs two clinics; one in West Malling and the other in Canterbury.
5th October 2018
BRCA Kent attended the Genetics Seminar at Maidstone Hospital today. It was an opportunity to see some of the surgeons who regularly support us, as well as catching up with the Breast Care Specialist Nurses in our region. It’s so important to take a multi disciplinary team approach, to get the best for us, the patients. BRCA Kent work hard to help spread awareness alongside the support groups.
6th June 2018
We were lucky to have Camilla Seton, a wonderfully talented medical tattooist, come to visit our group for this months meeting. It was great to see examples of work she had done and it certainly gave us lots to think about. We had loads of questions for her and she will no doubt be seeing some of us paying her a visit soon! Thank you Camilla. x
14th November 2017
Genes for Jeans day
St Peters Junior School in Broadstairs did a fantastic job fundraising to help support us. A brilliant £288.14! This will help us to continue to fund our website and provide our support materials. A big thank you to all those children.
19th October 2017
John Lewis - Bluewater
Thank you to John Lewis for inviting us to their pamper/lingerie evening with the charity Restore.
Left to right: Claire Shelley (Restore), Caroline Migo (Restore), Susan Buhagiar (John Lewis), Karen Sallnow, Sarah Hopper, Jeanette Turell and Elizabeth Leech.
18th October 2017
House of Commons - Ovarian Cancer Action
Elizabeth & Jo were lucky enough to be invited to the House of Commons for the launch of the report “Acting on BRCA: Breaking down barriers to save lives. It was great to hear they are aiming to assess every woman with Ovarian Cancer for a BRCA mutation. It could save 1000 extra lives per year. Also to change protocols for future generations to access BRCA testing.
4th July 2017
Ovarian Cancer Action Event
Ovarian Cancer Action hosted the first UK screening of "Pink & Blue: Colours of Hereditary Cancer.
Elizabeth and Suzannah went to this screening in London.
Here they are with Jo Stanford, Cancer Prevention Officer and Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive at Ovarian Cancer Action.
(Left to Right - Suzannah Fitgerald, Elizabeth Leech, Katherine Taylor and Jo Stanford.)
17th January 2017
BRCA Kent goodies!
Excited to have received our new merchandise! You will receive a mug, pen and information pack on your first visit to a meeting. If you decide surgery is the best option for you, Elizabeth will be in touch once you have your surgery date. You will then receive a hospital wash bag and goodies to take with you. You never need to feel like you are doing it on your own. x