2 May 2014
A series of HOPE courses has just been announced in King's Lynn, starting on 20 May 2014.
After completing treatment for cancer, patients often speak about being expected to ‘move on’ or ‘get back to normal’ but they may still be experiencing a number of health, emotional or practical issues as a result of their diagnosis.
In order to help cancer patients to move forward after their treatment, Macmillan Cancer Support offers HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively) courses nationwide.
A series of courses has just been announced in West Norfolk with a course starting at Yours Business Networks on 20 May 2014. The course is being co-ordinated from the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, in partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Kathy Lawrence, 62, from Long Sutton completed a HOPE course in Kings Lynn in 2013. She says:
'I was referred to the HOPE course by a counsellor and found it to be extremely useful.
'I was nervous before starting the course but found the facilitators and other course attendees very friendly and approachable. It was so useful for me to meet other people in my situation and by chance most of the other people on my course had had breast cancer too so we had a lot in common.
'I found it useful to speak to other people and I kept a reflective diary to track my own feelings and how they changed over the course of the six weeks. I liked the structured nature of the course and the fact that we were given handouts to follow. We were taught some very practical skills and I still use some of the techniques I learned during the course now.'
Each course runs over six consecutive weeks with one session lasting two and a half hours each week. The group-based course takes between 8-12 participants and is designed to help self-management by providing a supportive, friendly group setting for learning new skills and gaining the confidence to cope with many of the frustrations, fears and questions that living with and beyond cancer can cause.
If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Information and Support Centre at King's Lynn on 01553 613985