ARC to hold breast check programme in Youghal
Cork ARC’s Cancer Support services will hold breast cancer sessions at its branch in Friar St, Youghal, next month.
The sessions will be conducted with Cork ARC’s breast cancer nurse counsellor, Fiona Moriarty.
Cork ARC Community Cancer Support co-ordinator, Colette Cahill, said they are “delighted to offer dedicated breast cancer support for the people of east Cork and west Waterford”.
The sessions are open to men and women who are affected by breast cancer.
The sessions will operate on a one-to-one basis and, as Ms Cahill emphasises, “are provided free of charge and with full confidentiality”.
Ms Moriarty has worked full-time with Cork ARC since 2006, following 20 years as an oncology nurse. She qualified as a counsellor in 2011.
Drawing from her clinical experience, the nurse has compared her role to “being a co-pilot, helping to navigate through the storms or challenges that can accompany a breast cancer diagnosis”.
Ms Moriarty believes that person with cancer “is his/her own expert in their experience” and that “to have a space to be exactly as you are is in itself healing.”
The programme continues Cork ARC’s House efforts to extend its services into the community and follows the launch of a pilates course aimed at men recovering from prostate cancer treatment.
Prior to that, the centre initiated yoga classes to help relieve stress among those dealing directly with cancer and those affected by their struggle.
The Youghal centre opened in 2017 at 29 Friar Street. It currently opens Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm. The service is nurse-led, supported by volunteer staff trained in listening, therapy, and counselling. A registered charity, it welcomes drop-in visitors as well as pre-appointments.
Regular services include aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and counselling.
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