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In August 2014 there was a Q&A Session. Here is that newsletter for download. Q&A August 2014

July 2013

We welcomed Angela, Jackie, Kanta and Tracey who were all new to the Group this month.  We hope you found something you liked and return at some time, ladies, as it was great meeting you all!

We are very pleased to announce that Pat and Val made just over £250 at their Strawberry Tea. Thank you Val and Pat and your families for all your tireless work to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day. They too would like to thank everyone who came, sold tickets, donated raffle prizes, furniture etc. for the day as it was a wonderful sunny day and the food, company and atmosphere was relaxed-a perfect English Summer Strawberry Tea!!!

A big thank you to Chris Norman who brought in the remains of her stock to sell to us at heavily reduced prices. Chris said she had a good evening. Most of us bought clothing we wanted, guided by Chris’ expertise. Also thanks to Gaynor who helped Chris throughout.

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June 2013

Our meeting this month was well attended by members and led by our colleague & friend Linda who helped us complete making our cards which we began at the March meeting.

Jane brought along some paper craft too. Linda very kindly offered to teach anyone interested in learning more on any form of paper craft. She brought in a few pieces with written instructions, templates etc which were taken by some of the ladies to make up for our stall at the Bretton Festival.

Strawberry Tea on Saturday 29th June.  A reminder that Pat and Val are organising & hosting this event between 2.30pm and 5.30pm at 9, Downgate; Longthorpe. All the tickets have now been sold. 

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May 2013

Welcome to Carol who attended our group for the first time and thank you to all other members who came to this meeting, it was great seeing you all.
Our Guest Speaker was Gaynor who began by telling us that Colour Analysis started in America where the Fashion Industry used it in photo-shoots to help make models look their best; this then came to the UK in the 1980’s. Gaynor showed us her colour wheel which indicated the Light, Bright & Warm colours of Spring; the Cool, Light & Muted colours of Summer; the Warm, Deep & Muted tones of Autumn and Winter’s Bright, Deep and Cool colours. She explained that when you know and wear colours that are most flattering to you, you look your best and feel more confident. She then demonstrated how some of the colours suited or clashed with certain others & checked out the colours which suited some members. Gaynor recommended the Kettlewell Colours catalogue for clothes, which we all got the chance to view. She quoted a statistic that 70% of clothes sold in the UK were black-what does that say about us?

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April 2013

Once again 15 members battled their way through the non spring like weather as did our new Breast Care Support Nurse Jane Farrar and Wendy, a new member.

Rita has not heard back from people who took cancer books away at one of our autumn meetings in 2012 to review.  It was suggested that one of our members who was undergoing treatment at the time may have offered to review the book. If you have not found the time or had the inclination it is fine to just return the book to the usual ‘book table’ just inside the door of our meeting room.

Val, Jayshree & Rita very kindly represented our Group at Brantano’s Shoe shop on the Maskew Avenue Retail Park on Thursday 21st March. A donation of £50 was made to our Group thanks to their time, leaflets, banners, display & presence.

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March 2013

On another cold and wet wintry day we welcomed 15 members and thank them all for making the effort. Sadly our Speaker Gaynor sent apologies via Denise as she’d undergone minor surgery and recovery had been slower than anticipated. Her talk on Colour Analysis is now in May. We wish you a complete recovery, Gaynor.

Our wonderful friend Linda Woods helped us occupy our time with some card making which we can sell amongst ourselves, family & friends or on the stall in July-Thank you, Linda.

Did anyone get to the John Lewis Lingerie evening & if so will you be able to tell the rest of us about it.

Urgent will the people who agreed to review the cancer books written by local authors please return the books (and their reviews) to Rita ASAP.

Val informed us that our member Joan Staggs sent apologies as she was still an in patient at the Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) as she had succumbed to the Norovirus and been seriously ill. She is now on the mend & we send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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February 2013

On another cold and wet wintry day we welcomed 15 members and thank them all for making the effort.

Sadly our Speaker Gaynor sent apologies via Denise as she’d undergone minor surgery and recovery had been slower than anticipated. Her talk on Colour Analysis is now in May. We wish you a complete recovery, Gaynor.

Our wonderful friend Linda Woods helped us occupy our time with some card making which we can sell amongst ourselves, family & friends or on the stall in July-Thank you, Linda.

Did anyone get to the John Lewis Lingerie evening & if so will you be able to tell the rest of us about it.
Urgent will the people who agreed to review the cancer books written by local authors please return the books (and their reviews) to Rita.

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November 2012

Thank you to all who attended this significant meeting. We welcomed Rebekah, Angela, Maura and Joan-who came to us by finding our website!

At a previous meeting Rita gave out some books on Cancer for members to write a book review for Karen Marrick at MacMillan, please could you contact Rita on the e mail below so that the books and the review can be collected.

We also thank this month’s special guest speakers Christine & Gaynor.

Chris began by telling us how breast cancer affected her when she was diagnosed in May 2008, the experiences that lead her to start her bra fitting service and on-line lingerie business; ‘softly softly’.

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October 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended is meeting and to those who were with us in spirit including our Specialist Nurses who were otherwise engaged but responded to the queries that came up at the meeting—responses are set out below.

We welcomed Liz’s friend Joan W who was diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer a while ago.

Our Guest Speaker was the highly experienced, gentle, caring Yoga teacher-Louise Guy who took us through our ‘chair yoga’ exercises and relaxation with ease. Some of us used our mats or the floor for parts of the session. We talked about the session after Louise left and the dominant, if not unanimous response was to invite her back for an hour’s session at our February meeting and possibly to other Open meetings.

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September 2012

At this meeting we welcomed Julie, Jane and her lovely daughter Rachael. We welcomed back Gaynor after her recent surgery.

A huge thank you to Linda Woods who used her own time buying and preparing all the materials for us to use in this card-making session. Many of us rediscovered our artistic and practical skills in the production of our cards which we bought for 50p. The atmosphere was relaxed, chatty and flowing, we appeared to be bonding and sharing, which I would define as ideal for a Support Group. People asked to do another session, perhaps making something slightly different in 2013, you’ve got a few months to think about it, Linda!!!

Rita was asked by Breast Cancer Care to hand out application packs to recruit volunteers for Headstrong and gave out three so hopefully when reading through they will think it a worthwhile cause.

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August 2012

We welcomed new members Johanna and Suzie at this August meeting. Suzie’s husband Neil attended too as he wanted to listen to Mr Goh’s talk to enable him to support his wife knowledgeably. Thank you to all who attended during this holiday month, we appreciate your support.

Our guest speaker was Mr Stephen GOH; Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) for the last 9 months. He gave a very interesting & informative talk and answered our questions.

Mr Goh began by saying Breast Cancer is thought to be caused by a combination of our genes, lifestyle choices and surrounding environment. Bad luck plays a part too.

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July 2012

Welcome to our new member Alison and the new Breast Care Nurse Lisa.

Nurse Kate Jurkscat came to talk about the Macmillan Day Therapy Service and explained the service it offered, as people now live longer the incidents of cancer is increasing and the service they provide is aimed at empowering people to help themselves. They would like to develop the service further and would appreciate ideas from patients, relatives and carers. They also wanted to develop more group work.

Moving Forward is a 5 week course aimed at supporting cancer patients and is for patients who have recently finished treatment who may need help with employment, financial, social or personal relationship issues. If you feel this is something you would want help with you can be referred by your specialist nurse or GP.

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May 2012

We welcomed 4 new members and our new Specialist Nurse Vanessa along with our familiar Specialist Nurse, Claire & 16 members who were able to get there. We look forward to a good working relationship with our invaluable staff members whose expertise is priceless and to the participation of old and new members.

Our Speaker for the evening was Angela Burrows, Community Development Officer, for LINk-the local HealthWatch group which was established by statute under the Local Government & Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 & follows on from the Community Health Councils of 1974 onwards, to provide a voice for patients & the public in health and social care. It is an Independent Body with monitoring & feedback roles & can influence the planning & delivery of these services.

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