SIGNPOST TO SERVICES AND SUPPORT.
While the primary purpose of the Gill Harler Fund is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, we recognise that those affected by the disease are often confused as to where to turn for reliable information and support. This page hopes to signpost people towards appropriate services. Whether you are a patient or a carer, a family member or even a medical professional seeking greater understanding, the links below can direct you to a wide range of informative and helpful websites. If you know of an organisation that is not included here then please submit details here. We will consider adding any helpful group or service, but not commercial entities.
A national charity and UK wide support network for everyone affected by ovarian cancer. Offers information and support including a free nurse led helpline and online forum. Also a useful symptom checker tool which creates a printed report for concerned women to take with them to their doctor. Lots of good information for everyone.
A leading national ovarian cancer charity working towards improving early diagnosis, funding research and supporting patients. An informative website with blogs, information and various tools such as 'ask the experts' and a 'clinical trials information centre.' The site also offers a range of informative guides covering various issues around living and coping with ovarian cancer along with personal testimonies from patient perspective.
A national cancer charity which strives to stop women dying from ovarian cancer by funding world class scientific research leading to innovative treatments and progressive solutions. Lots of information about current research and opportunities to get involved.
A wealth of information is available about ovarian cancer. Discusses symptoms and causes, scans and tests to diagnose, treatments and surgery, current research and practical advice on living with the disease. Information pages can be saved to download and print off in one go.
The work of Macmillan is well known and wide ranging. Offering practical and financial help as well as emotional and medical support there simply isn't room here to describe it all. The above link will take you directly to the relevant web pages for ovarian cancer, but there is so much more to read throughout the website.
Dedicated to supporting those dealing with a terminal diagnosis. The above link will direct to the website's help page where the helpline and online chat facilities are available Mon-Fri. From there it is easy to navigate and learn more about the work of this charity and how they can help.
An invaluable forum for anyone affected by ovarian cancer. Offers the opportunity to talk with others all over the country and indeed the world. It is a moderated and safe place to discuss the issues surrounding the disease and is populated by understanding individuals; most with personal experience of symptoms and treatments.
A Facebook based support group for women and their supporters or those going through diagnosis. It is an establshed group and has members from all over the country. A good place for advice and support and meeting new friends who understand what you are going through. While it is great to have support from family and friends, nothing compares to sharing thoughts and feelings with others in similar situations.
While being a US based project this support forum has proved to be very valuable to many women in the UK. Get information from people in other countries and learn how ovarian cancer treatment differs. Inspire connects patients, family, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration.
While this is a small, new Facebook group it is a place that offers something quite unique. Men are not known for sharing their fears and feelings openly and the emotions they confront when their partner is diagnosed with this disease can be dibilitating. The page offers a safe place to discuss things with other men in similar situations.
The online community offers a variety of groups for connecting with people who are all dealing with cancer in some way. Whether as a patient or a partner, a friend or relative, there is a group for you. The above link will direct you to the ovarian cancer group, but do look around for other help.
For many patients getting involved in campaigns like our own can be an essential part of dealing with a diagnosis. For families too it can be empowering to help do something about raising awareness. We are pleased to offer the above link to our Welsh visitors. Awareness in Wales is being tackled through the formation of this Facebook group to whom we offer our full support.