Course to sup­port pa­tients is set to re­launch

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A COURSE for peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses is gear­ing up to wel­come new mem­bers when it relaunches next month.

The Liv­ing Well course, run at East Cheshire Hos­pice’s Sun­flower Cen­tre, is open to any­one di­ag­nosed with a life-lim­it­ing con­di­tion.

Held once a week, the course aims to help peo­ple make the most of their lives and has a flex­i­ble de­sign to let peo­ple get what they need from it.

Hos­pice sis­ter Louise Furm­ston said: “Liv­ing Well is aimed at peo­ple at any stage of their ill­ness, from di­ag­no­sis, through treat­ment and on­wards.

“It high­lights that the word ‘hos­pice’ should not nec­es­sar­ily be as­so­ci­ated with dy­ing.”

Can­cer sur­vivor Ce­celia Kennedy did the course af­ter a bat­tle with tongue and throat can­cer in 2013.

She said: “It is a life­line. The sup­port is sec­ond-tonone.

“Some days you just do not want to go, but if you are having a bad day you do not have to ex­plain it. They know ex­actly how you feel.”

“In the af­ter­noon there are ther­a­pies avail­able. I have used the mas­sage and acupunc­ture for my knee and back.

“Other ses­sions in­clude tai chi, a gym, art and even flower ar­rang­ing.

“Get­ting can­cer has been a hor­ri­ble way to find out about the Sun­flower Cen­tre, but I am so glad it is there.

“The day is not long enough – you want more hours in it.”

The Liv­ing Well course, which starts on Septem­ber 18, is aimed at help­ing peo­ple de­velop their own cop­ing strate­gies cov­er­ing a wide range of phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues, such as, fa­tigue, anx­i­ety, sleep, ex­er­cise, man­ag­ing med­i­ca­tions, and body im­age.

Any­one want­ing to join can re­fer them­selves to East Cheshire Hos­pice or be re­ferred by a health­care pro­fes­sional.

They will then be in­vited to a one-on-one as­sess­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. eastcheshire­hos­ uk or call 01625 665685.

●» Louise Furm­ston, East Cheshire Hos­pice sis­ter

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