Positive Living Programme Testimonials

Quote from a participant attending the Positive Living Progamme

19 February 2015

This weekend has changed our lives and has empowered us in ways you cannot imagine. From the first day of my breast cancer diagnosis, I was bombarded by a ton of unfamiliar information. It in turn, almost forced me to make a series of decisions over the types of operation, choices of chemo drugs and the inclusion of breast reconstruction. I was literally too overwhelmed by dealing with the new world which was completely foreign to me to cater for my emotional and mental needs. Not knowing what to do as a novice cancer patient I participated in the Positive Living Programme. It was indeed another ‘new world’ ushering me to the mental and physical paths of healing. I am grateful for my fortune to encounter the programme.

Quote from a participant attending the Positive Living Progamme

19 February 2015

Peace for today and hope for tomorrow. I feel calmer and better able to cope. I am less lethargic and more energised. I can face the future in a more positive frame of mind. It totally exceeded my expectations on so many levels. I enjoyed meeting others and hearing other people’s storie. I enjoyed sharing my thoughts and views and information with others. I mostly enjoyed the connection. I enjoyed being brave enough to speak openly in front of strangers and not being judged. I got the most from seeing my husband interact and benefit from the experience. Carers are often overlooked.

Quote from a participant attending the Positive Living Progamme

19 February 2015

Following the completion of my treatment, I found myself physically and mentally exhausted. The programme not only helped me to reflect on my cancer journey but in addition it helped me focus on my future and I found it very uplifting. The facilitators were very gentle in their approach and there was no pressure to talk if you didn’t want to. I would highly recommend the programme to anyone affected by cancer, you will get a lot out of it.

Aidan Early

20 November 2014

I was diagnosed with cancer of the bone when I was 43, although the cancer was removed successfully, I found it difficult to cope with the aftermath. I had been through so much but didn’t want to burden my family so I didn’t talk about my feelings, I just pretended I was fine. I then heard that an Action Cancer two day counselling and life coaching programme was coming to Portadown and I decided to sign up, here I would be able to talk to a stranger about my feelings. The programme allowed me to explore the emotional impact that the cancer had on my life but then something hit me; I needed to talk to my wife and kids about their emotions and feelings as well as my own. Following the programme I had those conversations with my family and it felt good to get everything out in the open. I had been through a lot but they had too at the thought of losing me. I would like to encourage anyone affected by cancer to look after your mental health, talk about your emotions and seek help from Action Cancer; it will make all the difference.

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