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Macmillan Offers Teens Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is offering teenagers and young adults affected by cancer an opportunity to take control of their diagnosis and move forward positively.

Called HOPE, the programme in Cardiff is for any young person living with and beyond cancer and aims to help them manage the emotional impact of their diagnosis.

The course will run for two days at Chapter Arts Centre on Market Road. The programme will be held on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September from 10am to 4.15pm, with a follow-up day on Thursday 16 November from 11am to 3pm.

HOPE is designed to help people affected by cancer manage the day-to-day impact of their condition, learn proactive ways to take control of their health and wellbeing in a supportive environment and set positive goals for the future.

Since its launch in 2013, Macmillan has successfully run HOPE programmes throughout Wales with more planned for this year.

Topics the HOPE programme focuses on include managing fatigue and stress, physical activity, exploring character strengths and priorities as well as living positively with the fear of recurrence.

A previous participant, aged 23, who attended the programme earlier this year said: 

“I was in isolation for a lot of my treatment, but through the HOPE course I met some other young people like me and we shared a lot of opinions which made me realise I’m not alone.

“Some of the techniques I learnt through the course helped me turn a very negative experience into a more positive one and I will use them for years to come.

“A lot of people think that when treatment is over you are immediately better, however, I found that it takes much longer for your brain to catch up and process everything that has happened.

“The HOPE course recognises this and helped me gain a more optimistic approach to not only the journey of recovery but also general life.”

Susan Morris, Head of Services for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, said:

“We at Macmillan know that receiving a cancer diagnosis has a huge emotional impact.

“In the latest data available, we know that over 800 teenagers and young adults are living with and beyond cancer in Wales and they need more than medical help – they also need practical, emotional and financial support.

“Macmillan is delighted with the success of the programme and we’re pleased to continue to offer HOPE to people affected by cancer in Wales.

“I would strongly recommend the programme as it can provide people with the tools they need to manage the emotional consequences of life with cancer.”

People wishing to attend the programme must register in advance.

To register, please contact the Learning and Development team in Wales on 01656 867960 or email waleslearning@macmillan.org.uk