The Lady Garden Foundation is a national women’s health charity, raising awareness and funding for gynaecological health. Founded in 2014 and initially funded ground breaking research into the treatment of these cancers at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. As the oldest cancer hospital in the world, The Royal Marsden remains one of the largest cancer centres in Europe, with a truly global impact.
The money raised by the Lady Garden Foundation funded cutting-edge studies which aim to revolutionise the treatment of these cancers. We continue to raise funds and awareness for gynaecological health.
The 8th of May marks World Ovarian Cancer Day. The Lady Garden Foundation wants to raise awareness by sharing the story of Tia Daby, a 23-year-old who last year received the news she had a rare form of ovarian cancer. After experiencing symptoms of bloating and abdominal pains months before but dismissing them as hormonal or dietary factors, Tia was diagnosed at the start of the pandemic last year with an immature teratoma.
Tia is 23 and last year received the news she had a rare form of ovarian cancer, an immature teratoma. She had begun experiencing symptoms of bloating and abdominal pains months before but dismissed them as hormonal or dietary factors believing she was just putting on weight.
Tia’s mum had been treated at The Royal Marsden in July 2019 for suspected ovarian cancer but this turned out to be benign. Tia decided to speak to a GP about her symptoms but it was dismissed and she was told that due to her age, it was likely a hormonal fluctuation with the polycystic ovarian syndrome that she had been diagnosed with at 15.
The bloating became even more visibly severe. She would often be offered a seat when commuting to work. Tia handled this by wearing baggier clothes and exercising at the gym most days.
She went to A&E in January where an MRI picked up a 25 to 27cm cyst with suspected malignant change. Within weeks Tia underwent a laparotomy surgery – she says the tumour removed weighed 8kg which is the equivalent of three new born babies.
In early Feb it was confirmed that Tia had cancer.
Tia was referred to The Royal Marsden where she was advised to undergoing fertility treatment to freeze her eggs. FLAG: Due to coronavirus restrictions, The Royal Marsden were unable to perform her second surgery, to have the left ovary removed. Tia was temporarily admitted back to Croydon University Hospital for this procedure. After surgery it was confirmed that the cancer was contained just within the left ovary, and so was staged at stage 1.
There was then an MDT meeting at The Royal Marsden to discuss next steps; chemotherapy or active surveillance. After discussions with her consultant Tia was put on active surveillance – starting off with scans and blood tests every three months for the first two-three years, which then will decrease to every six months. This will be ongoing for 10 years.
Tia is a writer and her experiences last year reignited her passion. She started writing scripts and has now joined a year long programme at BAFTA who were looking to create a community for new writers.
Lady Garden Foundation fund raising partnerships
- The Lady Garden Foundation and Black Score have teamed up to release some really fun sweatshirts and t-shirts, including the SNOOCHY and VAJAYJAY sweatshirts, all available in Unisex Medium and Large sizes. All profits go to the charity to help fund more projects in the gynae space.
- Their recent partnership with Superdrug, fronted by Emily Atack, sees nurses throughout UK Superdrug stores trained to run health clinics to discuss gynaecological cancers.
- The Lady Garden Foundation has also partnered with Soho House to release a special wellness box designed to celebrate and empower female sexual wellness. 50% of profits from every purchase will go to the charity, funding the vital research that takes place into gynae cancers.