When treatment finishes you are delighted to have survived!!!!
Its all over isn’t it??
Our Diamonds now start to look much better as hair grows back and energy levels slowly return. This is where the psychological battle begins……a lot of our Diamonds say this is the hardest time as there is no end date to work towards!
• Lonely – less access to medical staff
• Vulnerable – side effects – what’s normal?
• Scared – if it comes back?/ treatment fails?
• Expectations of self and from others
• Future? – which way?
• Body image issues
• Early menopause – health implications?
• Fertility – future pregnancy may not be possible
• Care of children – tiredness – patience
• Impact on family and finances – income
• Impact on career – professional – future promotions
• Life expectancy ahead MAY make diagnosis more distressing
• Higher level of distress – coping – every day things become bigger stresses
• Anxiety and fear of re-occurrence – time?
• Chemo induced alopecia – image
• Difficulty to get life insurance and travel insurance
• Loss of meaning or purpose in life
• Not being at peace with or feeling regret about the past
• Joint pain
• Menopausal induced infections
• Difficulty making plans – due to health
• Loss of interest in activities
• Unable to express feelings – friends and family are too close
• Anger or frustration – why me?
• Guilt for family
• Sadness or depression
• Loss of faith
• Protecting family/ friends – “I’m fine!”
Sam’s Diamonds say Bring it on!!!!
You will not control my life anymore!
You will not stop me having a good life!
I will show you who is in charge of my life……
It’s certainly not you!!!
We support our Diamonds in gaining….
• Determination to move forward
• A zest for life
• Strength – in body and mind
• Drive to support each other
• Support for a new direction in life – inspired
• Direction for giving back
• Appreciation – feeling blessed – friends/family
• Understanding of a second chance at life
• Positive attitude – to make a difference
• Pride – self achievement
• Self awareness – identity
• Support for growth
• Ability to make the most out of every day
• A new sense of positivity
• The realisation – healthy
• The feeling empowerment – inform others
Its about helping and assisting people to find themselves again. Reaching out to people who are struggling with any aspect of treatment. Building confidences and helping find motivation and finding personal strengths.
Louisa Baird, Breast Care Nurse at St Helens Hospital
We create a united front against Cancer, allowing women to feel empowered, moving forward with their lives and making the most out of every day. The group offers support and a shared understanding from women in the same position. The group gives that all important reassurance and peace of mind that allows women to look forward to the future. We provide fun activities, workshops and outings within a therapeutic and supportive environment, helping each other sparkle throughout Cancer treatment.