Pembrokeshire Cancer Support: Supporting patients and families

PEMBROKESHIRE Cancer Support urges anyone in the county who has cancer or knows someone who has cancer to use the services they can offer.

The charity has a support center based above the charity shop at 91 Queen Street in Pembroke Dock and urges people to seek out whatever help, advice and support they can offer.

Lyn Neville, charity co-ordinator, said: “During my time with the charity, I have made it a point to tell a lot of people about us and what we do.

“It worries me that a lot of people haven’t used the support center because they don’t want to be around people who are upset, crying and depressed. They also don’t want to be seen as unable to cope, weak or embarrassed.”

Mr Neville said the support center encourages mutual aid and support is available from a support worker if needed. They also offer private and confidential talks about illness and issues.

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It’s an opportunity to talk about anything and everything, whether it’s cancer-related or not.

There are also relaxation classes, a card making and craft group, an Amethyst Bio Mat bed and much more. People are also welcome to come and have a cup of tea.

There is an awareness and friendship telephone service to other parts of Pembrokeshire and an extensive library of information on all aspects of cancer, including the disease itself, where you can get help and advice. advice on benefits and how to explain your problems to your loved ones.

Mr Neville said: ‘The support center is open to people with cancer, carers and family. Cancer affects the whole family and I hope we can help you all.

“We do not give medical advice, but we can help you find the professionals you need to help you with health, benefits, financial problems, transport, home adaptations, etc.

“Cancer is a very difficult disease to understand. Cancer affects the whole family and puts people to the test. I know this because I myself had cancer and had a bone marrow transplant. My wife was my caregiver, so I understand how affected the family is in these difficult circumstances.

“At Pembrokeshire Cancer Support we want to help you get through this cruel disease.”

The Help Desk is open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also call 01646 683078 or visit the website www.pembrokeshirecancersupport.org.uk

The charity also has a charity shop and is grateful for any donations of clothing, bric-a-brac and other non-electrical or furniture items.

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