Very little can prepare you for the shock of hearing that you have cancer and one of the most difficult things for most of us is beginning to live as comfortably as possible with this diagnosis. How long this takes varies from person to person. Our group exists for a great many reasons ranging from emotional support, sharing of information, or just coming along to the meetings and talking to other people who have experienced something very similar.
The diagnosis affects not only you but may also affect other members of your family and friends. You may feel uncertain about what changes will take place in your life and in theirs. You may also feel numb or confused; have difficulty in listening to, understanding, or remembering what people tell you during this time.
There are many excellent websites in the UK aimed at helping people with cancer, some relate specifically to breast cancer whilst others are broader but all will give vital information and support and many offer support and help in other languages.
Below are some organisations within the local area of Peterborough that may be of interest. These range from volunteer services to networks and help groups.
If you have any suggestions to add to this page please let us know.
The benefit system can be confusing especially if this is the first time you have had any experience of it but please remember that help is there if you need it. This help can come in many forms; a hospital social worker, Macmillan or breast care nurse, someone at your GP surgery or from one of the links below.
Factors such as your age, National Insurance contributions, and length of illness will be taken into account when assessing whether or not you are eligible for benefits.
It is important to apply for benefits as soon as you feel able (whether or not you think you qualify), as many benefits can't be backdated.