“Living with and beyond cancer” health and wellbeing events are one-off events where patients and their families can get cancer information, support and advice.
Events are held for people who live in the Northern Trust area and are affected by breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, gynae and skin cancers, and haematological conditions (myeloma, CLL, lymphoma).
These half day events are held in leisure centres, community centres or hotels.
People listen to a series of short talks delivered by expert healthcare professionals about coping with a diagnosis of cancer, managing long-term side effects of treatment, what to look out for in the future, as well as diet and lifestyle advice. They also hear a live story from a patient with a similar diagnosis.
Market style stalls are provided by local cancer charities where people are introduced to a range of services that can help them with their physical, emotional, social and financial needs, for example, benefits advice, family support, counselling, complementary therapy etc. People also have the opportunity to talk to the various health and social care professionals directly and to meet other people affected by cancer and their families.
When we asked people what they liked best about our events they told us:
“The reassurance that I got from realising that my fatigue and other symptoms were normal and what everyone was feeling”
“Chatting with other people and the opportunity to speak to representatives at the information tables”
“It was very informative – nice to meet other people going through the same journey”
“The reassurance and inspiration I received from the whole team. I feel much more confident going forward. Thank you to all!”
“The variety of short sharp sessions all very interesting and relevant. Overall gave me increased awareness of what spouse going through”
See one of our Health and Wellbeing events by watching the video below.
If you would like more information or are interested in attending an event, speak to your Clinical Nurse Specialist or contact the Macmillan Information and Support Service on 028 9442 4000 ext 333079 / 334046.