People in Rotherham who have been affected by cancer are being invited to attend an event promoting local support after their treatment has finished.
Cancer can affect everything from work to your diet, the health and wellbeing event aims to address some of these practical issues that people might face.
Ginette Steele, 47, who lives in Dinnington, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2016. She struggled with life after cancer but has found support with local scheme Active for Health; who help people to get physically active after cancer, she said: “ I was looking forward to finishing treatment and returning back to “normal” life; I soon found out nothing is “normal” after cancer.
“I fell apart after treatment, I found myself literally hiding away. It was heart-breaking to see it happening to my friends too.
“Events like this are a fantastic idea; you have so many questions after cancer and it’s hard to know where to find the answers.
“I found out about Active for Health and it’s made a massive difference to me; you’re with likeminded people who’ve been there.
“It’s made a massive difference to my physical, and mental, strength, I’ve got some of my confidence back now.”
Macmillan Cancer Support is holding the event in partnership with NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham Council, voluntary and third sector organisations across the town.
Michelle Fletcher, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, helped to organise the event and explains why people should attend:
“We know that people can feel isolated after cancer treatment, you go from a series of appointments to suddenly being out on your own.
“There is lots of fantastic support in Rotherham and we want people to know about it.
“From help with financial worries, information on the side effects of cancer treatment and support to get active; we’ll have a range supportive and specialist teams available to offer advice.”
Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Rotherham Council added:
“The Active for Health programme has successfully shown how supporting those dealing with cancer can help improve their recovery through exercise.
“It is wonderful that this event will bring together services from across Rotherham to offer a full range of support, from financial advice to friendship.”
The free of charge health and wellbeing event is taking place on Wednesday 18 October at Carlton Park Hotel, Moorgate Road, Rotherham S60 2BG between 2-6pm.
There will be an opportunity to take part in simple exercise taster sessions, run by Active for Health, for people who have had cancer treatment.