‘Zest for Life’ programme for cancer patients

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A Zest for Life programme provided by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (formerly Ulster Cancer Foundation) will take place at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

Starting on Thursday, May 2 from 10.30am to 1pm the programme will be held over six consecutive weeks until June 6.

This will be a six week personal development course for people who are on a survival and recovery period in their cancer journey.

The sessions are designed to improve physical and mental health by exploring areas such as goal setting, stress management, benefits of gentle exercise and identifying personal values and needs and developing strategies to have these needs met.

Locally based Zest for Life facilitator and Cancer Focus counsellor Valerie Magowan, said: “Everyone is unique and we understand that cancer affects everyone differently. Cancer can make people feel that they have lost control, increase their feelings of isolation and can often reduce a person’s self-esteem.

“Zest for Life aims to help people to understand and manage stress, encourage positive thinking, adopt relaxation techniques and explore complementary therapies.

“By identifying personal values and realistic goal setting, people often regain a sense of balance and become empowered and motivated to move forward and embrace the future.”

Zest for Life is entirely confidential and takes place in a safe and caring environment. Materials will be provided for participants and like all services provided by Cancer Focus, the programme is free of charge.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Care Services Secretary at Cancer Focus on 028 9068 0751 or email care@cancerfocusni.org.

Cancer Focus would encourage anyone interested in taking part to pre-book as there are a limited number of places available.