Sur­vivor helps Ki­wis cope post-cancer

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MANDY TE

A San­dring­ham cancer sur­vivor has launched a course bring­ing post-treat­ment sup­port to other sur­vivors.

Health and well­ness coach Jan Ha­worth was di­ag­nosed with cancer in early 2011. While liv­ing in the United King­dom, she vis­ited a Penny Brohn UK cen­tre where she re­ceived post treat­ment sup­port. Penny Brohn UK is a char­ity that pro­vides free care to ev­ery­one af­fected by cancer.

The cen­tre had a huge im­pact on her and af­ter mov­ing back to New Zealand, she felt as though cancer sur­vivors here had been miss­ing out on sim­i­lar sup­port.

‘‘Af­ter cancer treat­ment, many peo­ple want to make changes to the way they eat, ex­er­cise, deal with stress and man­age per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, but they don’t know ex­actly what to do and they don’t know what’s best to help re­duce the risk of re­cur­rence,’’ Ha­worth said.

Her Life 2.0 course uses sci­en­tific re­search to pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with the tools and strate­gies to help make changes.

She re­ceived fund­ing from Breast Cancer Sup­port NZ and ran a trial of Life 2.0 in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Cancer sur­vivor Kathy Jal­fon said she signed up for ev­ery­thing she could af­ter fin­ish­ing her treat­ment, in­clud­ing Life 2.0.

The course was a good re­minder on how you should live a healthy and mind­ful life, she said.

‘‘It cov­ered quite a lot and there are still things I con­tinue to do,’’ Jal­fon said.

Nicky Rensen said she had al­ways been ac­tive but dur­ing cancer treat­ment, she was over­whelmed.

‘‘It was a hur­ri­cane of a sit­u­a­tion to come out of and I wanted to lift my­self back up and re­fo­cus my­self,’’ Rensen said.

She signed up to Life 2.0 be­cause she wanted to meet other peo­ple and it was im­por­tant for her to take part in a course that was based on sci­en­tific re­search.

Dur­ing the course, Rensen re­assessed her diet and has taken up art.

‘‘The course helped me be­come more in con­trol of my life.’’

Breast Cancer Sup­port NZ na­tional co­or­di­na­tor Jane Bis­sell said the group had been keen to get be­hind Ha­worth’s pro­gram.

‘‘She knows there is a need to help peo­ple get back on their feet af­ter cancer,’’ Bis­sell said.

The next course starts on Au­gust 22.

MANDY TE/STUFF

Af­ter her own ex­pe­ri­ence with cancer, Jan Ha­worth is bring­ing a post treat­ment course to lo­cal sur­vivors.

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