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New Macmillan course for people living with cancer


A free seven-week course aimed at building the confidence of people who are living with a cancer diagnosis in the North Lincolnshire area is being launched.

The course, Hope (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively), will be held on Tuesday evenings starting on June 11. The two hour sessions aim to bring cancer patients together to meet, share, learn and get more out of life.

Among the many topics addressed during the course, which will be run by a Macmillan health professional and someone affected by cancer, are:

  • Managing stress and emotional challenges
  • Breathing, relaxation and physical activity
  • Motivation and goal setting
  • Identifying personal strengths and building confidence for the future

Course organiser Sue Lewis, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Macmillan cancer information and support manager, said:

“Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face, but people don’t have to go through it alone.

“The Macmillan Hope course emphasises the strengths people already possess and looks at how to make the most of them. This course can play an important role in helping people who are living with cancer to find new ways to regain confidence and manage stress and emotional difficulties.”

She said some survivors faced health-issues caused by their treatment, while others needed psychological support to cope with the fear of the disease recurring, as well as problems with self-esteem and body image.

The Hope course will be held at the Wortley House Hotel, Rowland Road, Scunthorpe, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.  Refreshments will be available for all of the sessions.

Places on the course are limited, so please contact Sue Lewis on (01472) 874111 extension 3631 or email her at: susan.lewis6@nhs.net or Sue Spencer on (01724) 282282 extension 2202 for more information or to register.



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