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June 2019 marks 20 years of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and is the start of our anniversary year. ‘Jo’s Trust’ as it was first known, was founded by James Maxwell in 1999 after his wife, Jo passed away from cervical cancer.
So, to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity, we chatted to their children Tom, Lucy and Alexander about the early days of Jo’s, what it means to them and their hopes for the future of cervical cancer prevention.
Today is Valentine’s Day where we show how much we love our significant others or friends. We aim to support everyone who is affected by cervical cancer, including the important people in their lives. We’ve been lucky enough to speak to a couple of men who have been through what may be the most difficult thing their relationship ever goes through.
What a rollercoaster of emotions it’s been so far. You were given your cervical cancer diagnosis, attended numerous scans and consultations before finally being given treatment. Once treatment finishes, people sometimes assume that they will just ‘move on’ with their lives. If only things were always that straightforward! This blog post is going to talk about the range of emotions that you might feel once treatment has finished, the impact it can have on you and those around you and how to think about where you go from here.
Jessica was prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in October 2017. We spoke to Jessica and Debby Holloway, a Gynaecology nurse consultant from Guys and St Thomas’ hospital, about early onset menopause caused by cervical cancer treatment, and the potential benefits of going on HRT.
To be able to enjoy sex and intimacy, lots of things need to work together. The brain, body, mood and behaviour all need to be in sync, and then if you add a partner into the equation (although you don’t have to) and what is happening around you in life generally, it's a wonder anyone ever manages a successful sex life! So after cervical cancer it’s no surprise that one or all of these areas may have been affected.
Well, we do. A cervical cancer diagnosis, treatment and life beyond can certainly have some uplifting moments but girl those downward turns can really dig their nails into you! It’s quite common for women experiencing cervical cancer to feel overwhelmed and isolated and it’s at that point that a friend or family member can really make a difference.