As we embrace a second national lockdown over the dark winter months, it’s not hard to appreciate what an incredibly difficult time this continues to be for many local people.
Not seeing loved ones, increased financial worries and mental health issues may all prove to have a considerable impact on our general wellbeing, and are just a few of the realities that people are facing. For some, including people with long term health conditions and those diagnosed with cancer, the challenges are even greater.
Aurora continues to provide vital support to people affected by cancer across Bassetlaw. Wellbeing practitioners understand the impact that coronavirus is having and services have been adapted to ensure Aurora can continue to provide information, help and advice, wherever and however the restrictions allow.
Hearing the news that you have cancer, and the realities of being alone while attending hospital appointments and receiving treatments are traumatic. Not having people close by for help and support, or simply to offer a listening ear can be equally as stressful.
Aurora services include emotional support and counselling, support groups and befriending, also a personalised exercise programme and yoga therapy. Aurora offers a listening ear at the end of the phone, along with practical advice and signposting to other local services – the aim to reduce stress and anxiety for cancer patients and their families.
Anyone that needs help and support should contact Aurora on 01909 470985, weekdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Worksop mum raises money to help people diagnosed with cancer
Helping to raise awareness of the support that Aurora continues to provide is Worksop mum and Aurora client, Karina Roe, who in October shaved off her son’s hair to raise money for the charity and help other people diagnosed with cancer in Bassetlaw.
Karina and her son Ross have raised over £1,400 with their ‘Head Shaving Party’ that they shared live on Facebook. The money has been donated to Aurora to support other families on their cancer journey.
Karina explained: “I first received help from the Worksop Aurora Wellbeing Centre in 2017 following my initial diagnosis of breast cancer. Since then they have not stopped and have become a rock of strength and support to me and now I have needed to turn to them again”
The inspirational Aurora client has documented her story in a series of poems, to capture her journey from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Karina shares her poems with the hope to offer inspiration and positivity to others. Part One (of the three-part poem) was written in 2017 when Karina was first diagnosed:
Part 1, 2017
It’s the news we don’t want and hope to hear never,
But in March 2017 my life changed forever!
Having found a lump as I was going to bed,
All sorts of ideas – all night – filled my head!
As I’d had a mammogram in July which was clear,
Surely it’s nothing – that was only last year!
But to the doctors I went to get it checked out,
And was called straight to hospital – great service – no doubt!
From then I felt I was outside looking in,
A whirlwind of appointments my head in a spin!
The hardest part was telling my son who was fifteen,
His concern and emotion like nothing I’d seen!
When he found out I might lose my hair,
“I’m shaving my head so we can be a pair!
I don’t want you to have to go through it alone Mum!”
What an amazing young man my boy has become!
Part 2 (written November 2018) and Part 3 (written October 2020) can be read at https://bit.ly/3p4WzIX.
To donate to Aurora Wellbeing Worksop and enable the charity to continue to offer support to local people and their families, visit www.localgiving.org/charity/aurorawellbeingcentres/.
If you have been affected by a cancer diagnosis, please contact Aurora, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm on 01909 470985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org