For many patients, a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have a huge impact psychologically as well as physically. It’s not only your body going through the treatment, it’s your whole self.
During treatment patients are mostly focused on getting through it and it’s only after it’s finished patients start to process what they’ve been through. There’s also an expectation that after treatment life goes back to normal. For some patients (not all), they begin to realise that there is a long psychological road to recovery ahead. They’re still dealing with emotions like fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It is not uncommon to experience issues with sex and sexuality, and if you are having issues in this area then this group is just for you. We’re here to help you work through the challenges you are experiencing.
The new support group will be run by a radiation therapist that provides radiotherapy to many female pelvic cancer patients every year at UHG, as well as a psychologist. Women of any age that received pelvic radiotherapy (it doesn’t matter how long ago that was) are invited to come and share their experiences or to simply listen. In a safe and impartial space, the hope is that women feel able to share their stories and begin to understand what they’ve experienced and how it contributes to the way they feel about sex or sexuality. Be brave! If this resonates with you, don’t be scared – we warmly invite you to come along and give it a try. There is no pressure to speak, you can simply listen and be present. Women supporting women.
To register, please contact us on 091 540040 or email [email protected]