Things that happen in this video:
I make a speech.
You see just how much run/walking 4K and then running 1K destroys me.
This is quality entertainment at it’s finest!
The speech is heavily edited in the video because a) Some bits were drowned out by noise, b) I blathered on for something like 4 minutes c) Most of that time I was going “ERRRRRRR…UHHHRM…”
I was super clever and didn’t bring any notes or prompts with me so it’s a miracle that anything came out of my mouth at all.
Here is the speech in full:
“If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I’d be standing in front of a crowd at Race for Life, talking about cancer, I wouldn’t have believed them for a second. I’m definitely not known for my public speaking skills so I’d have probably questioned why anyone thought it was a good idea to let me on the stage in the first place!
I’ll tell you the reason why I’m on this stage. One year and three months ago, on a beautiful spring day, I was sat in a doctor’s office and heard the words “ovarian cancer”. Stage IV ovarian dysgerminoma. It felt like the floor had fallen away from beneath my feet. There was one bit of hope– the prognosis wasn’t bad. It would be hard going but there was light at the end of the tunnel.
I went from being a fresher at uni, living in halls and away from home for the first time in my life, to a cancer patient. There was virtually no time to adjust to this strange and unfamiliar place I found myself in. My friends and family rallied around me and it was their love and support that helped me keep smiling. Whether it was picnics in between rounds of chemo right here on the Heath or poker games held from my hospital bed. We even celebrated my Dad’s 60th birthday in the hospital car park so I could be there. My friends and family are amazing and I love them all!
I wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for the 2 surgeries and 4 rounds of chemotherapy I went through over the past year. I’m now in remission, I’m a survivor and that’s all thanks to the work done by Cancer Research UK. 40 years ago the treatment for my cancer didn’t even exist, but today it can be cured. New ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all cancers are being discovered all the time, and it’s helping millions of people have more time to spend with the people they love.
A couple of weeks ago I took a break from my exams to come home and surprise my dad at his 61st birthday. We were sat round the table when it dawned on us just how different things were from a year ago. I mean for a start we weren’t eating in a car park. We made a toast to that difference. YOU are making that difference by being here today and I want to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you. Today it is us versus cancer, BRING IT ON!”