Cancer survivors boosted by ‘HOPE’ course

Pictured left to right are Jane, Sarah, Lorraine, Wendy, Nikki, Ann and Ann at the latest HOPE cours

Pictured left to right are Jane, Sarah, Lorraine, Wendy, Nikki, Ann and Ann at the latest HOPE course. Picture: Ann Kingaby - Credit: Archant

A course devised to help people move on positively from cancer diagnosis and treatment is proving a success.

The latest group recently completed the free six-week HOPE – Help Overcome Problems Effectively – course held at the Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston.

The course was devised by Macmillan Cancer Support and includes topics such as managing stress, coping with fatigue, body image and changes, fear of recurrence and becoming more active. Each week small achievable goals are set which encourage a positive spiral of thoughts and emotions, and positivity is felt to be important in recovering from cancer.

A spokesman said: 'The course is held in small groups where it is easier to open up about fears and worries, share experiences and give support to each other. Once or twice there were tears but most of the sessions involved a good deal of laughter.'

If you have had a cancer diagnosis and think the course would help you, contact Nikki, Jane or Sarah at Louise Hamilton Centre, which is located next to the James Paget University Hospital, or call 01493 453100.


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