AMEND CEO, Jo Grey, and brave volunteer, Lu launched a new awareness raising campaign today to encourage other patients to be proud of their scars.
'Scars are our story and are nothing to be embarrassed about' said Jo.
Jumping on the backlash advertising to the controversial dieting powder, Jo and Lu with the help of AMEND's graphic designer, produced their own images to help others feel more confident on the beach in summer.
'Your scars show that you have been through a battle and came out victorious!' comments Lu.
There was something for all the family again this year at AMEND's Annual Patient Information Day on Saturday 9th May in Leeds.
Around 70 attendees enjoyed social time and a range of fascinating talks, not to mention a great Mindfulness experience session.
You can now view all the main presentations together with their integral slides on our website.
AMEND's UK Annual Information Day in 2015 will be held at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, North Yorkshire on Saturday 9th May.
There will be something for everyone, including a creche for the younger family members and special information sessions and activities for the teenagers. A range of basic to advanced information sessions for adults on multiple endocrine neoplasias 1, 2a and 2b will occupy our morning, with our popular Ask the Expert Panel session in the afternoon. There will be plenty of time for socialising with fellow patients, carers and AMEND staff and volunteers throughout the day as well as an additional opportunity to attend an informal dinner in the evening.
We do hope you can join us for our popular free event at this fascinating venue.
In October 2014 AMEND made a submission on behalf of patients to the All Wales Therapeutics & Toxicology Centre in support of the appraisal for use of cabozantinib (Cometriq™) for metastatic medullary thyroid cancer (MTC).
We are pleased to report that the AWTTC confirmed on Tuesday 10th February, that the appraisal received Ministerial approval at the end of January 2015, and that cabozantinib will be available for use in patients with metastatic MTC by the end of April 2015.
Appraisal Lead, Dr Claire Davis expressed her thanks to AMEND for the submission: "I would like to thank you directly for your help with obtaining patient/carer views for the cabozantinib (Cometriq®) appraisal. The information provided really helped to inform members of the appraisal groups."
AMEND's December members' newsletter is now available to view in the Resources section of our website. You must log on to access this. If you are not already a member, you can join for free by clicking here.
This quarter, there is news about AMEND's 2015 Research Awards, information from a variety of events in the UK and USA, research updates, fundraising updates, and an MEN2b My Story. As ever, there is also much, much more....
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Thanks to the generosity of the Organising Committee, AMEND were privileged to be able to attend the 2014 International Scientific Workshop on MEN in the beautiful city of Vienna in Austria at the end of September. It provided a fantastic opportunity to continue working with our European patient group colleagues on behalf of the European MEN Alliance (EMENA).
We have now produced a lay summary of some of the most interesting research presented at the meeting. The summary has been reviewed by the AMEND Medical Advisory Team.