Men with Cancer Discussion Group
A discussion group for men with cancer (and their partners/caregivers) by men who have experienced cancer and various treatments. The following is written by a group participant with Prostate cancer and on "watch and wait" ...
It is not easy to come to terms with the unexpected especially when it is the doctor telling you ... "sorry but the bad news is your tests confirm you have Prostate cancer"
At this point it is the: "Why me? ... how did this happen? ... what have I done?" Then, almost getting out of control, to the: "Will I be here for the next family Christmas?"
In these early stages I found it so hard to keep rational and not go straight to the worst case scenarios.
The things that helped me ...
Were the follow-up explanations and advice from the doctor, and in a real major way, my family.
Then seeing the newspaper notice about the Men with Cancer [MWC] and the immediate decision to go to the next meeting, and I'm so please I did.
for me the best part of the whole approach to the MWC "get together" meetings is the way it all takes place. The simple sit around the room and have a very informal question and answer type talk with anyone there.
To be able to raise your personal situation and describe things that you feel will be helpful to yourself and others present.
To be able to sit and listen to another person, sometimes with the same health situation as you, and with the same or very similar worries and personal concerns.
to realise it is not the end of the world for you, and in some cases to understand the real world, where others can be in a more advanced state of cancer than you, and learn a lot by their approach to everything about it.
One thing that has been a surprise to me ...
Is the response of some friends in rarely, if ever, talking to you about your cancer. Do they feel it is just not the right thing to do? Or do they just feel uncomfortable even mentions the "C" word to you?
This is one of the really good things about the Men with Cancer meetings, the whole idea about them is being able to talk about all the aspects you feel will help you, and both listen to and contribute to, all the matters raised by those present where you may be able to help them.
The Men with Cancer discussion groups are facilitated by a Cancer Society community liaison nurse and held the first Tuesday of every second month at Daffodil House, 73 Kamo Road, Kensington, Whangarei, 10.30am-12pm. To find out more please contact us on 09 437 5593 or toll free on 0800 366 066. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Studies and community comment tells us that people living in the more remote areas of Northland can find it challenging to access the care and support they need when faced with a cancer diagnosis. This is often related to a lack of knowledge as to what support is available to them.
With this in mind Cancer Society Northland wishes to establish a network of volunteers across Northland to help promote the Cancer Society's services available within their communities.
These services include liaison nurse support for people diagnosed with a new or recurrent cancer and who are currently receiving treatment, general cancer information services and health promotion initiatives to help reduce the risk of cancer.
The volunteers we are seeking will also support staff and Northland governance by providing information to the Society which will assist with planning and implementing services in a way that best meets the needs of these small and often isolated communities. Full training and ongoing support will be provided to volunteers by the Cancer Society team.
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Relay For Life 2011
Otaika Sports Park
Relay For Life is a remarkable and moving overnight team event to raise money for the Cancer Society while joining together to:
- Celebrate and acknowledge cancer survivors and the hope they bring to others
- Remember loved ones lost to cancer
- Fight Back against the disease that takes so much
Teams of ten or more camp out and take part in a walk/run relay while enjoying a carnival type atmosphere with entertainment, prizes and fun.
Register your team today at www.relayforlife.org.nz
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Last Updated: Sunday 06 February, 2011