Thursday, 16 April 2009

Kidney Cancer - The Documentary.

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.


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Ally Lifewithally said...

Sounds like a great adventure ~ Good Luck with it all ~ Ally x

Sybil said...

Goodness gracious...never thought I would have a FAMOUS TV STAR for my friend !!
Can hardly wait to hear all about what happens and pray that you don't get too exhausted to come in and share with us your days exploits.
Love Sybil xx

Deb said...

Your "small voice" as you say has helped to move mountains for many other kidney cancer patients Jane. It is amazing what one person can do, and now this documentary will most definitely help to inform, encouragement, and provide support that is most definitely needed by patients and their families.
I'm very proud to know you Jane and keep up the great work that you do everyday!!!

Jan said...

Oh Jane ,..oh Jane ! you must let us know when it will be on ,Ihave every cofidence you will do it well ,just be you Jan xx

Deb said...

Just wondering if you might know of any patient who is presently taking RAD001/Afinitor/Everolimus after being on Sutent. If so, I'd really appreciate if they could contact me at as I need more info on this new drug as well as side effects and how the results are after taking this drug..
Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jane. Now we can all say, "We knew her when." Just be yourself and things will turn out great. Great opportunity to spread the word.

Yasmin said...

Fantastic news Jane, to have your voice heard in this medium. A film crew in your house for 4 days it will also be a lot of fun, you will let us know when it's to be aired.

Take care


ADB said...

Excellent news and good luck this week!

pam said...

Oh Jane, How fab. I really hope I will be able to see It. Do you know when It will be aired? and what channel? Wow, our Jane, the famous one lol. How exciting. Love Pam xx

Dennis Pyritz, RN said...

You'll do great in the documentary. I have added you to my Cancer Blogs Links Page. Take care, Dennis