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A battle through blogging

446. Louise Wisson

Louise Wisson from Hertfordshire, has used her experiences battling a rare form of cancer to raise funds and hope for other sufferers.

In 2012 Louise Wisson was diagnosed with a rare and developed form of ovarian cancer called Primary Peritoneal Cancer. Despite a survival rate of just 30%, Louise responded well to treatment and in May 2013 managed to beat the cancer. It was during these early stages of cancer treatment that Louise started her blog. She decided that instead of dying from cancer, she would live with it and the blog was the first step in this positive attitude towards taking on the beast.

The blog was an opportunity for her to share her story, inspire others and also help others through random acts of kindness. She shares inspirational stories from other fundraisers, fitness advice, travel tips, restaurant recommendations and her own healthy recipes. For Louise, the blog allows her to take on cancer through the things she enjoys such as baking, fitness and doing good deeds.

When Louise was first diagnosed with cancer she also set herself a number of tasks on her Bucket List. Determined to make a change Louise set herself the task of raising £10,000 to beat cancer. In just 15 months she smashed her target and is now focused on raising £100,000. Louise has accomplished this through a number of fundraising events and by starting a campaign on social media called #Hearts4Eve.

Unfortunately Louise’s battle continues as her cancer has since returned. However it has not dampened the positive outlook that has got her so far.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Louise has shown incredible positivity and selflessness throughout her battle with cancer. Her Positive Mental Attitude blog is a fantastic way to share her own experience with cancer whilst trying to help people facing similar challenges. She has also raised a fantastic amount of money for the Eve appeal and I am delighted recognise her service by making her a Point of Light.”

Louise said:

“I’m honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister. My fundraising achievements are thanks to help from friends, family and colleagues who have hosted, taken part in events or donated. I’d like to dedicate this award to them because without them, raising nearly £50,000 wouldn’t have been possible.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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