Life after cancer

This group is for cancer survivors and people who have finished treatment. It is a space to discuss things like the physical and emotional after effects of cancer, returning to work, or trying to move on with your life.

Living With and Beyond Cancer and other support

Oneintwo
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Random question, but are there any support services/groups that don't operate from 9-5?

I'm two years post-surgery, chemo and radio. I'm struggling at the moment, and could use some support, but all the services in my area (West Midlands) seem to be in the day time only.

I'm the main earner in our house and have to work full time. It feels a bit like those of us who have to work for a living are just expected to get on with it, which is probably a bit unfair on the people offering services, but is just how I feel.

I don't even know what support I want. I'm in a lot of physical pain, having lots of issues with IBS etc and generally knackered all the time - and I can't shake the feeling that the cancer is back. I just need to talk to someone who might have an idea how I feel, and who doesn't think I should just pull myself together and get on with it.

I'm seeing my surgeon soon for a check up, but I don't feel she's the right person to ask about this.

Thehighlander
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Hi , this indeed can be a challenge post treatments.

Try our various Macmillan Support Line Services on 0808 808 00 00 as they can very helpful even if all you want to do is talk with friendly person that can help in lots of ways including having a list of local information that may help.

Check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support Groups in your area or a Maggie’s Centre as these folks are amazing.

Mike - Thehighlander

It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

Oneintwo
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Thank you!

The only support groups I can find meet during the day, but I'll try the helpline.

Thehighlander
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It is a challenge most folks face as a high percentage of charities struggle to afford running groups out with the normal working day.

Our Inverness Maggie’s Centre does do a few evening sessions during the week and folks do travel a good distance to get to them.

Yes, talk with the help line (open till 8.00) and see what that can find.

Mike - Thehighlander

It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela