Borders women step up in battle against cancer

Judith Breiter (left) and the late Moira Scott (right).
Judith Breiter (left) and the late Moira Scott (right).

The death and battle of women with ovarian cancer in Scotland and America has prompted two women in the region to run.

Hawick mental health nurse Judith Breiter mourned the loss of her best friend, Moira Scott, to the cancer in November last year.

She said: “It was such a waste of a life only half-lived. She was a wonderfully warm, caring, selfless human being.

“She had been diagnosed only two years before with stage 3c. She suffered through chemo and numerous invasive treatments to no avail.

“If women were more informed of the signs and symptoms of this ‘silent killer’ perhaps we could disrupt its ‘silence’.”

Symptoms include persistent stomach pain, bloating, difficulty eating and feeling full quickly.

Judith has organised an awareness-raising fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Action of a six or 12-mile walk or run around the Hawick Hassendean area. The Movarian Walk starts at Hawick’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre at 11am on November 2, with registration at 10.45am.

Judith says around 100 people have expressed interest so far.

Meanwhile, Southern Reporter journalist Sally Gillespie is running around Scotland at the weekends while a good friend, Jane Ridley, in Oregon, USA, goes through chemotherapy.

Sally commented: “Mother-of-two Jane, 48, was diagnosed in March and had radical surgery a few weeks later.

“I’m doing this also for my family and friends, their families, and colleague Alastair Watson, who sadly passed away recently.

“I’ve run along the border, through Galloway to the west coast so far. I’m raising money for the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, part of Edinburgh University, where Borderer, Professor Val Brunton, leads research.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/sallygillespie