Catherine’s story

Catherine's story

Our media volunteers help raise awareness of cancer and the work of CRUK. Here, Catherine Marr, 29, from Leeds, tells us about her experience of sharing her story in our #RightNow campaign in this film. Catherine was filmed at the hospital as she was given the good news that the procedure to treat her cervical cancer had been successful.

What do you think about being in the TV campaign? 

I am pleased and proud to say I am part of it. I think it is a really positive thing to come out of a horrible situation. I really wanted to pass on a positive message that cancer isn't a death sentence and when found early it is treatable. It frightens me to think what would have happened to me if I hadn't gone for my smear test.

What was it like to be filmed?

Being filmed was all a bit of a blur! I think I was so nervous about getting my results that I wasn't really aware of what was happening. It was good to see it again afterwards as I couldn't really remember what had happened! Although I hate hearing my own voice!

I was given the chance to see the ad and confirm I was happy with everything before it went out. I know that usually people are not usually approached to be in CRUK’s campaigns when they are actually in hospital, but I did not mind and everything was explained to me and I was happy to help.

Why do you think it was important to share your story?

My cervical cancer diagnosis was the biggest and scariest thing that has ever happened to me. I wanted to share my experience with other people because I feel lucky that I was able to have such a new operation, get the all clear and still think about having children in a few years, all less than three months after being diagnosed.

It has given me a bit of a wakeup call and made me realise that life is quite flimsy and you don't know what is around the corner, so I think I will make the most of every opportunity.

What message would you like to give to others?

I hope that it passes on a positive message, and I hope that people feel happy not sorry for me when they see it. I also hope it normalises smear tests a bit more, as I think more awareness needs to be raised around the seriousness of the consequences if you don't go. And I hope it reminds people to book their smears if they are putting it off, as it’s really not worth the risk, it's much better than the other option, cancer!