The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support on World Cancer Day (Saturday 4th February) to urge local people to open up about cancer.
Around one in 10 people (10%) in Yorkshire and Humber feel they have lost touch with one or more of their friends as a result of having cancer . But for many people living with cancer, support from their nearest and dearest is invaluable.
The charity and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are urging people in Rotherham to reach out to friends and family living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. As well as take advantage of the fantastic local support available.
Angela Eyre is a Macmillan Information Manager at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre based at Rotherham Hospital, they offer a full range of support for people living with and beyond cancer, she said:
“Cancer can cause so many worries that are not just related to health, such as the impact on your work, your finances, and your confidence. It can be an incredibly overwhelming time and it’s crucial that people feel supported and have someone to talk to. Simply being there is often exactly what a person needs.
“If you or someone you love is facing cancer, the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, based at the hospital, is one of the places you’ll be supported with kind words and practical information.”
Many people living with and beyond cancer talk about the benefits of joining a support group.
Tracey Green, from Treeton in Rotherham, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. The 53 year-old, who also works as at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as a Clinical Lead for Tissue Viability, she said:
“After I was diagnosed with breast cancer I thought it would be the end of my life. I had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was left with some nasty side effects including “chemo brain”, lymphoedema and joint pain.
“I joined Active For Health, a local physical activity scheme for people living with and beyond cancer.
“It’s definitely helped with the side effects of cancer treatment and so much more. After each session we stick around for a cuppa, our social time is a massive support.
“It can feel hard talking to family and friends about cancer when you’ve finished your treatment, everyone expects you to get back to ‘normal’, the sessions are a great way to connect with people in the same boat and unload some of your worries.”
Active for Health offers twelve free physical activity sessions for people living with and beyond cancer in Rotherham, find out more on their website; http://rotherhamgetactive.co.uk/active-for-health.
If you or someone you love is facing cancer, there may be times when you really need to talk, Macmillan’s Online Community website is accessible 24 hours a day, every day. Just go to https://community.macmillan.org.uk/
In addition the Macmillan Support Line is open Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm.
You can also find out more information about Macmillan Cancer Support in Rotherham by calling 01709 427 655 or visiting the Macmillan website here.