Ribble Valley breast cancer support group growing

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A breast cancer support group has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch in April.

Ribble Valley Breast Friends have met some of the most amazing and inspirational women. The support group includes ladies who have been clear of their cancer for several years, some who have recently completed all their treatment and others newly diagnosed. Each one of them helping or being helped through their journey by the others.

A spokesman said: “As a group we have been successful in obtaining funding from the Clinical Commisions Group, Macmillan and The Round Table – all of which have contributed towards the setting up and continued weekly room hire for our Breast Cancer support group.”

Meetings are held on a weekly basis at Grindleton Pavilion on Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, except the first Monday of each month when our meeting is held in the evening between 7-30 and 9-30 pm. Our informal weekly sessions work on drop in basis where meeting others in a similar situation, chatting and laughing together make up the afternoon. Our monthly evening session is more structured including experts.

Other fields offering help and advice are anything from a good fitting bra, Yoga and relaxation, a make-up master class to family history, breast cancer and the Shaw Trust offering guidance on being off work and phased return.

Our next evening session will be on January 5th and will be on Family History and Breast Cancer Risk, Kath Wallis, a Genetic Counsellor from St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, will be offering advice and information. This session is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the genetics of breast cancer and how it may affect them or their families.

If you would like to know about Ribble Valley Breast Friends, then contact Alison Waller on 07890685932 or Alison@ribblevalleybreastfriends.org.uk