If you’re feeling low, it’s time to talk.
When someone asks how you are, what do you say? Cancer can take you through so many emotions that it’s sometimes easier to say “I’m fine, thanks”. But if you’re not, help is out there.
You can access emotional support at any time: on the day of diagnosis, during treatment or when you’re in remission. Even if you’ve made it to the end of your treatment feeling ok, the reality of what’s happened can hit hard, and it’s never too late to ask for support.
Organisations that can help
We have links with local counselling services for cancer patients and their carers, fantastic organisations that offer vital support to the Bath community, and beyond.
Charities such as Cancer Research and Macmillan offer counselling over the phone. If you’d prefer to see someone in Bath, get in touch with We Hear You (WHY), a fantastic organisation that provides free counselling for you, your partner or a family member.
For group therapy, courses on emotional support and alternative treatments, all in a beautiful setting, we strongly recommend Penny Brohn in Bristol. This is what our founder Laura said after attending their living well course and treatment support clinic:
“When I arrived at Penny Brohn, I felt a sense of relief, safety and comfort. I attended the treatment support clinic and from the word go I loved the ‘whole person’ approach. To be understood, supported and to have someone listen to my questions was the most valuable tool in my cancer diagnosis. During cancer treatment, you want to be surrounded by people that care, support and understand your needs. Penny Brohn gives you all of that and the benefits for your mind, body and spirit are unbelievable. It changed my life and attitude towards cancer and helped me on my emotional journey.”
Support from us
People who love and support you through your cancer treatment have the very best intentions. They might turn up at your door with Googled info or a bag of supplements they’ve heard can help manage side effects. You know they’re trying their best, but you may still feel like you’re alone and that nobody understands.
That’s why we run regular support groups to allow people to cry, scream, laugh, relax and offload. We offer a safe space to express your fears without upsetting your loved ones. It’s also a great way to learn how others cope with challenges you’re facing, such as managing energy levels, getting through chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, or using wellness tips for recovery.