Being diagnosed with breast cancer – indeed, any type of cancer – is devastating.
A cancer diagnosis is emotionally overwhelming and ultimately life-changing; you can often feel very alone and fearful. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with one in eight women being diagnosed in their lifetime.
Bosom Friends is a small, Oxfordshire support group run entirely by volunteers and offers a listening ear as well as practical, confidential support to those who have been affected by breast cancer. The group was formed several years ago by two women who discovered how difficult it can be to talk to friends and family following diagnosis; they wanted to ensure that others in the local area would not feel the same isolation that they had experienced.
Bosom Friends’ meetings are held once a month, usually in the home of one of the members; lifts can be arranged for those whomay not have their own transport.
Meetings offer the opportunity to get together for a chat over a cuppa and cakes in a supportive and informal atmosphere. We may invite a speaker to a meeting, or take the opportunity to share recent local and national information or to simply catch up on news.
Whether you have just been diagnosed, are currently undergoing treatment or completed your active treatment a while ago, the group offers friendship, emotional support and practical, up-to-date information.
Above all, the group offers an understanding voice at the end of the phone should you ever need it.
If you or someone you care about has been affected by breast cancer, please do take a look at the Bosom Friends website –
www.bosomfriends.org.uk; alternatively if you prefer, please call Jan on 01844 290362.