Being diagnosed with cancer can be an isolating experience. This is where a group of local people have come together to provide support to both patients, families and friends of those with blood cancers such as Myeloma, Lymphoma and Leukaemia.
Smylle Boston was formed just over a year ago and meets once a month at Wings Meadow Activity Centre on Freiston Road.
The group has just celebrated success in being chosen by customers of Asda supermarket in Boston to benefit from its green tokens scheme and has received a cash boost of £200.
Around 30,000 people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancer every year in the UK.
Fay Redman, 74, whose husband Peter was told he had cancer two years ago, got to know the group through Macmillan nurse Julia Buyukkaraca at Boston Pilgrim Hospital. She said: “The group has been invaluable to myself and Peter. It has given us a chance to meet other patients and families.
“A lot of people in this situation have niggling worries. When you meet other people who have these worries it helps to have a chat.
“We would like to thank shoppers for choosing us to benefit from the Asda Foundation green token scheme.”
Mr Redman, 75, of Tollfield Road, Boston, added: “It was a shock when I was diagnosed. The after-effects of the chemotherapy were quite difficult. Being able to go to the support group has been quite an eye-opener because you speak to people who are going through the same thing and don’t feel quite so alone.”
Peter is now in remission but still seeing his consultant at Pilgrim Hospital, where he says the staff have been fantastic.
The group, which covers Boston and the surrounding areas, has organised many activities for attendees such as Tai Chi, reflexology and a quiz night.
Fay, who plays a key part in running the group, said: “We would like people to know there is support out there. We are here for everybody - whether newly-diagnosed, undergoing treatment or post-treatment, alongside carers, friends and family.”
On September 17 the group will have a stall at Pilgrim Hospital promoting its work, as part of Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week.
The group will meet again on Tuesday, September 2, at Wings Meadow Activity Centre and then the first Thursday of every month from October onwards at 7-9pm.
More details can be found onlie at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01205 446151.