Me and my wing man Pete had another amazing opportunity with CLIC Sargent, like really amazing! We were invited to a parliamentary reception at the House Of Lords. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would experience mingling with lots of MPs.
I'm just a normal girl from Plymouth who happened to experience a cancer diagnosis and lots of nasty treatment and I am so lucky to have opportunities like this.
The reason for the event was to raise awareness of CLIC Sargent and their new 3 year strategy. There were 4 of us young adults who went to the even and our job was to mingle and share our cancer experiences with MPs and Health care professionals. It was so interesting and felt very rewarding to be part of CLIC Sargent's future and improving the care by sharing my experience. This is definitely the main reason why I go to the events that I am invited to, it is a great feeling that my experience can help or even improve other cancer patients.
My local MP, Johnny Mercer also joined us at the House Of Lords, it was splendid to meet him and discuss how he can help us locally as a charity. It also gave him an insight of what it is like to be a young adult cancer patient and he was very concerned and keen to support us in any possible way he could. I am yet to contact him but have a few ideas how he can help raise awareness locally.
I must admit that I was pretty nervous before going the the event and did question weather I was going to go or not. I think the whole overly formal and well spoken idea put me off the most because I am far from that.