Parminder is currently being treated for a brain tumour for the second time. She said: “I’ve had so many experiences as a Media Volunteer, I don’t know what they’re going to ask me to do next!”
Tell me about your cancer experience.
I got diagnosed back in 2011 with a grade 3 astrocytoma, after surgery and radiotherapy along with chemotherapy in the form of Temozolimide, I was given the all clear. I was happy I had survived. But in early 2018 we found out my cancer had come back. It’s been hell this time, after surgery my wound started leaking then I ended up in hospital for 2 months. I’m still doing treatment with more chemotherapy now. There have been times where I just wanted to give up and stop all treatment, but I can’t be that selfish as I have my family to think about. It has been so tough, I put on a brave front but inside I’m like a child who is afraid of the dark.
Why did you want to become a Media Volunteer for Cancer Research UK?
Mainly to do some good for others, if we can keep doing research, we can find a cure for this horrible disease. If I can share my experiences with others it will show them you can survive, you have to be positive.
What kinds of things have you done as a Media Volunteer?
Lots of stuff. Being part of a human billboard in Victoria train station, Shine night-time walks, abseiling down various buildings, including Battersea Power Station, and most recently Stand Up to Cancer photo shoot.
What are the best and worst things about being a Media Volunteer?
Best things are meeting new people, feeling good about helping others and raising awareness, and being able to a lot of fun things while fundraising. Worst things? Honestly I can’t think of anything.
What would you say to anyone thinking of sharing their story?
Do it, you have nothing to lose and you might inspire others to do the same. If I wasn’t a Media Volunteer I would have never done all the stuff I have done. Also, I wouldn’t have met the great team at Cancer Research UK, I have made some friends and I am so grateful to have them in my life. I recently won an award for Ambassador of the year, I can't explain in words how great it feels to be given the recognition for the things I do - it feels amazing.
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