Sisters are doing it for each other

28/10/2010


The Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Support Group was set up in 2001 by six local women who were undergoing treatment for breast cancer and wanted contact with other ladies in a similar position.

 

The Pink Ladies offer emotional, practical and financial support for women in the Bailiwick with breast cancer.


Membership of the Group has grown from 6 when we started in February 2001 to 113

members, although we have also helped many women who for their own reasons choose not to join our Group.  The Pink Ladies do recognise that people react in different ways to the experience of cancer and we understand that some breast cancer patients may not wish to participate in a support group.


However any woman who has had breast cancer in the past or is currently undergoing treatment is warmly invited to attend our monthly support meetings for friendship and to gain support and learn from the experiences of others who have already gone through their breast cancer journey.  Meetings are informal and throughout the year we invite a variety of speakers on to talk on cancer, diet, relaxation, exercise and feeling good, complementary therapies and other related topics.  We also hold fun social events on the basis that laughter is the best medicine!  The next support meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd November at 7.30pm at St. Martin's Community Centre.  


We have a very informative website www.pinkladies.org.gg which is useful not only for breast cancer patients but also for anyone wishing to know more about breast awareness or breast cancer.  We also have a separate website just for our members with regular newsletters, details of social events and stories by patients who wish to share their breast cancer journey with other members.


Why is the Group so important in Guernsey? Because being involved can reduce anxiety it helps to find out that your fears are normal and improve the quality of life and, importantly, its also a place to have fun.  Members of our support group get together to make friends and enjoy life, not just to discuss cancer.  Bonds are formed that bring comfort and strength between women as they face the same uncertainties and battles.

As a Group we feel that raising awareness is as vital as raising funds and we participate in local and national awareness raising initiatives wherever possible.  We recently held our flag day in 12 locations in the Island and were delighted to raise over 4,000.  All donations received by our charity are greatly appreciated and will make a real difference to help us to assist women with breast cancer in the Bailiwick. 


For details of our achievements to date visit http://www.pinkladies.org.gg/achievements.htm


Our aims for the future are to continue to offer emotional and practical support for breast cancer patients in Guernsey and to raise funds to improve wherever possible the comfort, care and facilities provided for them and to participate in local and national awareness raising initiatives.

 

Article by Jo Allen, Pink Ladies Co-Founder.



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