Antoinette Barbee, Peace Bridge, Londonderry
Friday, February 7, 2020

Sarcoma UK is proud to have been awarded an Advocacy in Action award at the annual Sarcoma Patients EuroNet (SPAEN) conference. 'The Accidental Activist' initiative picked up second place at the awards ceremony in Milan last week.

When her mother died after routine surgery, Antoinette Barbee, the 'accidental activist', turned her grief into activism. This midwife from Northern Ireland has brought about institutional change that will save many, many lives.

Honorary President of Sarcoma Patients Euronet (SPAEN) Roger Wilson presents Sarcoma UK Support Line Lead Helen Stradling with Advocacy in Action award

Honorary President of Sarcoma Patients Euronet (SPAEN) Roger Wilson CBE presents Sarcoma UK Support Line Lead, Helen Stradling with Advocacy in Action award.

We are mostly grateful for the tenacity of this self-described ‘quiet, reserved person’ for recognising the need for change in how women need to be given informed consent when faced with the use of morcellation for fibroids. Thanks in no small part to Antoinette’s work, all healthcare professionals considering morcellation for their patients now have advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) about obtaining consent. This guidance and information brings much-needed clarity for practitioners and patients and, if implemented, will undoubtedly save lives.

Listen to an interview with Antoinette in this episode of Sarcoma UK’s podcast “I am more than this’.

 

Sarcoma UK would like to thank SPAEN for this award and for organising another excellent conference advancing the needs of sarcoma patients across Europe and beyond.