Hospice offers treatment hope
Course designed for cancer patients
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.