PickNickMix does the trick
SURVIVORS of head and neck cancer gathered at Alfold Village Hall last Wednesday for a picnic.
It was organised by Second Chancers Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, a Guildford-based charity helping people deal with an inability to swallow following radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.
Social committee member Mary Bishop Pinn said: “Many patients who have beaten cancer are left with severe swallowing difficulties – technically known as dysphagia. They are unable to chew and swallow foods most people take for granted.
“The aim of PickNickMix was to share foods that patients know they can swallow without choking or getting bits stuck in the throat.”
Mary, who lives in Alfold, has suffered from dysphagia after cancer treatment four years ago.
“It was a big shock when I realised I couldn’t eat a normal meal. Food just wouldn’t go down and for a long time I survived on a liquid protein diet. Joining Second Chancers gave me the courage to try out ‘soft foods’ and I can now enjoy the process of eating again without the fear of painful choking.”
Appetising soft foods were brought along by cancer patients, and by Atos Medical, which provides care for laryngectomy patients.
Second Chancers is supported by the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s MacMillan Aftercare Rehabilitation Service (MARS) and The Fountain Centre. See www.secondchancers.co.uk, email [email protected]ondchancers.co.uk or call 077885234.