Help for cancer patients – Free Macmillan Course

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Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Cancer patients in the Southern Trust, Newry and surrounding areas are being encouraged to take part in a free six week course that can make a real difference in helping them through their cancer journey. The six-week course called H.O.P.E. (Helping to Overcome Problems Effectively) has been developed by Coventry University and has been tailored specifically for cancer patients by Macmillan Cancer Support. The HOPE course is led by people who have had personal experience of cancer themselves and healthcare professionals. The sessions will help cancer patients look at ways to help manage the day-to-day impact of living with cancer. The course emphasis is on the strengths participants already possess and the sessions will help cancer patients manage their symptoms better, dealing with emotions, managing tiredness and provide tips on how to communicate with doctors, health workers and family and friends. It will provide the opportunity to learn and share with people who are also living with cancer and to refocus on inner strengths and develop resilience. HOPE tutors delivering the course spoke to Newry Times and stated, “It’s an invaluable course that encourages people to make practical and positive steps forward. Bringing people together who have gone through similar experiences is a very positive and powerful way of helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer regain their confidence.” The course will commence with an information session on Thursday 12th of September at 3:00pm – 5:30pm and will run for six weekly sessions from the 19th of September to the 24th of October (3:00pm-5.30pm), at the Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry, Co Down, BT35 8HT. Places are available for people with cancer wishing to take part so if you are interested or need more information, please contact Genevieve or Nathalie on 028 907 08610 or e-mail\7~uk
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