Hospice of­fers treat­ment hope

Course de­signed for can­cer pa­tients

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HOSPICE has an­nounced that it will be run­ning two cour­ses de­signed to help peo­ple cope dur­ing or after treat­ment for can­cer.

The cour­ses will run at The Hospice of St Fran­cis’ Spring Cen­tre in Berkham­sted.

The first course is called Hope, which stands for Help Over­com­ing Prob­lems Ef­fec­tively, is a six-week work­shop aimed at giv­ing can­cer suf­fer­ers the knowl­edge, skills and con­fi­dence to move on with their lives.

Hope helps peo­ple move on by teach­ing them self-man­age­ment tech­niques about how to man­age their stress, set goals and over­come prac­ti­cal and emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties. The next course starts on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 28 and runs ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing from 10am to 1pm un­til March 11.

The sec­ond is a Prostate Can­cer Well­be­ing course, run by prostate can­cer spe­cial­ist nurse Tina Smith, which starts on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, at 2pm. The six week course is de­signed to support men, and those close to them, move for­ward with their life fol­low­ing prostate can­cer treat­ment.

Each ses­sion lasts two hours and will cover a dif­fer­ent topic ev­ery week, in­clud­ing deal­ing with

The Hospice of St Fran­cis has an­nounced that it will be run­ning two cour­ses de­signed to help peo­ple cope dur­ing or after treat­ment for can­cer at its Spring Cen­tre. The Hope course is pic­tured po­ten­tial side ef­fects of the dis­ease, cop­ing with stress and fa­tigue, rec­om­mended diet and ex­er­cise regimes plus man­ag­ing re­la­tion­ships and in­ti­macy.

Michele Bone, a 47-year-old work­ing mum of twin 13-year-old girls, has noth­ing but praise for the course.

She said: “I was di­ag­nosed with early but high grade breast can­cer in July 2013 and the fol­low­ing Novem­ber I had a sin­gle mas­tec­tomy and breast re­con­struc­tion.

“I was in­cred­i­bly lucky that I didn’t need chemo or ra­dio­ther­apy and that just be­fore Christ­mas, I was given the all-clear. I’m quite a pos­i­tive per­son but phys­i­cally I felt like I’d been run over by a bus.

“At­tend­ing the Hope course was def­i­nitely the right thing to do. It was like be­ing with friends in a re­ally open and com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment where you felt you could share in­for­ma­tion with peo­ple who would be 100 per cent empathetic.

“I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one and it’s a ser­vice we’re re­ally lucky to have.”

To re­quest a place or for more in­for­ma­tion email spring­cen­tre@ stfran­cis.org.uk or call 01442 869 550. Places are limited, so book­ing is es­sen­tial.

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