ARC to hold breast check pro­gramme in Youghal

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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.

Con­tact details: (024) 91654; 086-189 5803; email east­cork@cork­cancer­sup­port.ie

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