Ovarian cancer awareness walk to be held after mum's rare diagnosis
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2019
A ‘brave’ and inspiring young mum who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has organised an awareness walk while having chemotherapy.
Twenty-six-year-old Jess Brown was diagnosed with a mucinous tumour – a rare form of ovarian cancer – before Christmas.
The mum-of-one had a hysterectomy on February 19 and started her chemotherapy last week.
She said: “After I had my daughter Bobbie they found cysts on my ovaries. They removed them and they were benign. In November they found another one and that was cancerous.
“I had a lot of tests done and they said it was quite a rare type with a hysterectomy being a good resolution to stop them.”
Jess, from Nailsea, said 20-month-old Bobbie and partner Andy Hibberd had been a great support after her diagnosis, which she knew little about.
She said: “When I got diagnosed, I didn’t know anything about this form of cancer.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by the disease, but ovarian cancer is rarer.
“I found some people’s stories about their diagnosis but no-one around my age.”
Jess said she organised the Walk In Her Name as a way to get her story out to other people.
She said: “If I had someone else’s experience to learn from, I may not have opted for such aggressive treatment.”
Jess will be joined on the walk by her school friends.
Holly Churches, who met Jess at Backwell School when they were 11, said: “The news of Jess’s cancer hit us all very hard – this is not something which happens to a young mum, to our best friend, to our friend who, just days after her diagnosis, came along to my party and danced the night away with us, as if nothing had changed.
“Jess has been the bravest of all of us throughout, she has been patient with our lack of understanding.”
The walk will follow Poet’s Walk from Salthouse Fields, in Clevedon, on Saturday at 11am.
Walk In Her Name will see more than 40 people join in to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, with money going towards research.
Jess set out to raise £200 for Ovarian Cancer Action and has already raised £1,500.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jessbrown2019