THE feeling of not being on your own during treatment for cancer is absolutely vital, Cancer Council program facilitator Louise Linke says.
For the past eight years she has been among those responsible for delivering training, mentoring and advice sessions through the Living Well After Cancer and Enrich programs for a wide range of people towards the end of their treatment.
“It’s getting together people who have finished their treatment and then giving them an opportunity to meet other people who had gone through a cancer journey,” she said.
“To be able talk and think about life after cancer or life after their treatment. [It’s] giving them an opportunity to be able to talk to people plus some skills or some things to think about moving on following the completion of their treatment.”
Ms Linke is an ovarian cancer survivor and said most of the Cancer Council program facilitators have also had cancer.
“If you’ve sort of been on a similar journey it helps,” she said.
Ms Linke said the reactions from people undergoing treatment vary from person to person.
“There’s no right or wrong, it’s just how everyone deals with it. They deal with it in their own say,” Ms Linke said.
Carers are also welcome in the Cancer Council’s ENRICH program.
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“Often they are not as involved, they’re not the centre, so they often feel a bit not sure how to cope, how to respond to the person who has been diagnosed,” Ms Linke said.
The Cancer Council’s other services include: counselling, financial support, diet, exercise and treatment advice.
Call the Cancer Council’s free confidential support service on 13 11 20.
Daffodil Day series
Feel free to flick back through some of the earlier stories from our Daffodil Day series.
- Week #1 – Daffodil Cottage Wig Library’s here to help
- Week #1 – Daffodil Cottage Wig Library: A patient’s experience
- Week #2 – Radiation Bus is a lot more than just transport
- Week #2 – Volunteer driver’s helping hand for patients in need
- Week #3 – Breast care nurse leads support for patients
- Week #3 – Men, it’s time to take responsibility for your health: Prostate cancer group
- Week #4 – Daffodil Cottage’s specialists are on hand to help
- Week #4 – As time went on, Daffodil Cottage became my safe place