Fiona McOwan, from Dunfermline, is taking part in the Marie Curie Glasgow Walk Ten on 16 August in memory of her sister, Catriona. Here is Fiona’s story.
My sister Catriona (known as Trina in her teenage and adult life) was living and working in London and, in the spring of 1989, was diagnosed with a brain tumour following persistent headaches and finally episodes of petit mal epilepsy at work.
She came back up to Edinburgh and was under the care of the family GP and the Western General. She began attending the Marie Curie Hospice at Fairmilehead as a day patient and enjoyed meeting others and the activities.
In the spring of 1995, she was admitted to the Western General for more intensive treatment and for a short while responded very well to this, becoming more of her ‘old self’, before relapse as spring turned to summer. At this point she was offered a place at the Hospice as an in-patient, and my father and I are still so grateful for the care and respect that we all received from the staff.
This will be the first year that I have taken part in Walk 10, but last year I swam 5k in the Swimathon and the previous year swam 2.5k for Marie Curie/Sport Relief. I’m taking part with my lovely nearly-21-year-old daughter, Helen.
I swim about 60 x 25m twice a week and go to a zumba class once a week as my regular routine, so I’m not needing to do much more training other than always using stairs rather than a lift!
To find out more about the Marie Curie Walk Ten visit http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-GB/events/walking/