We welcomed Claire who has recently taken up the post of Staff Nurse part-time at the Breast Unit. Lisa, who accompanied Claire, reported that Katherine Jurkschat who works for Macmillan Cancer Care is hopefully planning to set up both a newly diagnosed information day and open days in the future.
Chris thought this was a good idea as initially you are tied up with all the physical stuff like surgery and chemotherapy and when this is over the emotional effects begin to kick in. Lisa will send flyers if available at that point about these events for the next meeting.
Denise had brought some posters for us to take to our GP Surgery’s advertising the PBCSG details. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help.
Mandy gave us an insight into her work as a Head Strong volunteer. So far she has done 4 or 5 sessions, in total 6 volunteers provide the Head Strong service in Peterborough and this is still not enough, Mandy is the only volunteer who has not had cancer. For Mandy working for Head Strong has meant she is able to help to make women feel better and share their laughter and experience’s of treatment, family matters or what’s on the telly.
We also discussed our Christmas Party in December and agreed to have a secret Santa bran tub. Other activities suggested were pass the parcel and maybe the Twister game, a themed Christmas Quiz, musical chairs, tying head scarf’s and a memory game and we will ask the hotel to supply the nibbles.
Denise asked for suggestions for speakers for next year, Carole is going to ask an Oncologist if they would come and speak to us, and Val suggested asking Rosie Callcott to do a session on Lymphoedema.
It was agreed Katherine Jurkschat who is based at the Macmillan Centre should be asked to provide a talk on managing fatigue in the New Year.