At last nights meeting, Judith and Kay came along from the Breast Care unit to answer some of our members questions. As you can imagine, it was , at times, a pretty emotive session but lots of information was shared.
People also had the opportunity to talk privately and a number of our members took advantage of that.
We asked people to list the things that have helped them with their wellness and wellbeing. The list of suggestions of things that worked for them is below:
Things that worked for us
These things are personal to them and not everything works for everyone.
Going out for coffee with friends
Hot stone massage (Laroma)
Talking Therapy ( not NHS )
Buddhism – e.g reading about it
Swimming has helped me so much so it’s great that we can swim on a Monday and Tuesday with out membership
Reflexology helped me as well for my Peripheral Neuropathy
Keeping a diary of how I felt through chemo and recording how I felt on a scale of 1 to 10 so I would know good days and bad
Support from Butterflies, being able to chat with other women who had gone through breast cancer and come out of it the other side
Dedicated doctors and nursing staff at Worthing Hospital, also at the Breast Clinic staff were very attentive, helpful, reassuring and patient
Made new friends
Get support from friend and family
Try and keep positive
A tape on mindfulness was very helpful
Wear button fronted tops/nightwear immediately after surgery – it’s easier to get dressed/undressed and less painful.
Putting on make up
Talking to friends and family
C U Fitter ( Cancer charity in Angmering with gym and pool)
Exercise using Breast Cancer Care leaflet
Booklets/Pamphlets in folder from hospital
Butterflies Support Group
Walking in the country