My name is Imogen Cheese & I live Gloucestershire , UK with my husband Steve & our children Joseph & Harriette. I was diagnosed with Melanoma in June 2013 (Stage 2c) started to write a personal blog www.melanomarollercoaster.co.uk about my experiences.
My Blog writing led to working with UK charities and connecting with wider Melanoma organisations like MPNE.
I remain NED and that gives me health & peace of mind, yet I am always aware that Melanoma is cruel & can return at any point. I get contacted daily by other patients & medical professionals across England who find themselves fighting for their survival or for better access to care & treatment.
It frustrates me that patients feel so helpless & are not included more in discussions about their treatments or provided with adequate information that will help. So in 2015 I created an organisation called Melanoma Patient Conference CIC.
This company provides an annual conference for up to 300 Melanoma patients, medical professionals & all involved in Melanoma in the UK with an opportunity to meet, connect, learn and network.
I am so proud of what the conference achieves & how much treatment and care has been improved in the UK as a direct result of the discussions & collaboration involved at the conference.