3:11pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
CANCER patients in Worcestershire reaching the end of their treatment along with their families and carers learned about how to make the best of their recovery at a special event last month.
The free Health and Wellbeing Day organised by Macmillan Cancer Care on Thursday, March 27 saw about 70 people gather at The Pear Tree and Country Hotel in Smite, near Worcester, to learn from each others’ experiences and find out about a range of medication and treatment techniques.
Attendees enjoyed a tai chi session, workshops on relaxation and medication as well as advice on cosmetics and skincare with an adviser from Boots.
The group also took part in a walk around the hotel grounds and learned about dealing with the fear of the disease reappearing before ending the day with a relaxation and motivation workshop.
Cancer survivor Jo Williams attended last month’s event and said she had found it a very worthwhile experience.
“I have learnt so much about nutrition and how I can be more active, and also about the support that’s out there locally from Macmillan and other organisations,” she said.
“Cancer can be a very lonely experience.
“I felt people didn’t really understand the fatigue and how poorly I felt even though I might have looked ok, so it’s great to come and hear other people’s stories and share experiences and know you aren’t the only person going through it.
“I also really enjoyed the meditation and relaxation workshops I attended.
“It has made me feel much more positive about the future.”
Macmillan cancer information and support service lead in Worcestershire Kay Tandy said she was delighted with the feedback from the event.
“With the number of people living with and beyond cancer rising, it’s so important to focus on wellbeing after treatment to ensure people go on to lead healthy, active lives,” she said.
“I am extremely grateful to all the healthcare professionals, charity and support organisations and the volunteers who came together to make this event so successful.
“I hope people have gone away feeling empowered to live well following their cancer treatment and that they now know where to go locally for more support.”
For more information or advice on living with cancer call free on 08088 080 000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
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