When I was diagnosed a couple of years ago I knew very little about kidney cancer and I guess until our campaign in the press last year that was true of most people. In fact I bet the majority of people are still ignorant of the signs and symptoms of the disease so anything that serves to increase awareness both with the public and the medical profession is a good thing. A really good thing.
So last week when I received a phone call asking if I would be prepared to take part in a documentary about kidney cancer I only had to think for a couple of seconds before saying 'Yes!'
On Wednesday, the director, producer and PR representative of the company commissioning the documentary came to see me for a chat. I thought originally my part would consist of being interviewed somewhere in a studio - but no - I am to have a film crew here, at my house and following me around as I do my usual everyday stuff, for 4 days next week !
This has caused much excitement amongst the family and friends who will also be involved - a sudden surge in hairdresser appointments, and sorting through wardrobes accompanied by squeals of "Ive got nothing to wear"!!
On a more serious note though I'm really excited to be involved in such a project and feel a great responsibility to be representing kidney cancer patients. I really hope I can do us justice because we really deserve it. We have been a small voice in the cancer world until now and its time we were heard.