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Let's Meet 2018

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust Let's Meet

Location: Wallacespace, Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DP

Date: 15 September 2018

A free day for women living with or beyond cervical cancer 

"The day was excellent, especially laughter in PRD talk!"

What is Let's Meet?

Let's Meet is an informal information and support day for women and their loved ones, affected by cervical cancer. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, get answers to your questions and learn from our speakers. The event covers all aspects of living with and beyond a diagnosis including your physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing.

The support of family and friends plays a key role in how we get through a cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment but there is nothing quite like talking to someone who is going through the same thing. We want to give women affected by cervical cancer a chance to do that. Let’s Meet runs every year and each year we see new and familiar faces come together in this supportive community.

About the day

By joining us at Let’s Meet you will be able to choose to attend three workshops from a wide range of sessions. There is something for everyone, and you will have plenty of time to meet other women and their loved ones. Each year we also invite a speaker to present on a specific topic that will benefit all of our guests, past topics have included The Importance of Keeping Moving after Cancer, HPV and The Psychological Impact for Women Affected by Cervical Cancer, and Relationships after Cancer. This year it will be on Looking after your Mental Health after Cervical Cancer with Dr. Sahil Suleman. The day is rounded off with a couple of our wonderful volunteers, sharing their personal stories of cervical cancer and their involvement with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. 

"The best thing was meeting people that have been through the same as me, and realising that I’m not alone."

We're excited to announce that this year you can join us from 9.45am to enjoy a delicious home cooked or continental breakfast free of charge before the programme of workshops begins. Previous attendees told us that they wanted more time to mingle with the other attendees. We’ve listened to this feedback and have moved to a new venue where you can relax with each other before the day kicks off.

This event is for every woman who has had a cervical cancer diagnosis at some point in their life. Whether you have just been diagnosed or were diagnosed many years ago, Let’s Meet is here for you, providing a safe place to connect with others and talk about your experience. Alongside our workshops for women affected by cervical cancer, we also have a dedicated partner’s only session providing a private space to discuss how to look after you and your partner better which has proved very popular.

Read a regular attendees blog about the day

Workshops on offer:

  • Ask the Gynae-Oncologist, with Dr. Melanie Powell, Consultant Clinic Oncologist at Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Sex and intimacy changes after cervical cancer, with Dr. Isabel White, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychosexual Practice at The Royal Mardsen 
  • Parenting through alternative means, with Scott Casson-Rennie from Adoption UK
  • Gong-Bath relaxation, with Patricia Carlota from SonicSoul UK
  • Moving your body after cervical cancer, with Lizzy Davis a cancer exercise specialist who runs CanExercise
  • Pelvic Radiation Disease, with Dr. Clare Donnellan Consultant in Gastroenterology at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Let's Talk' (a relaxed environment to chat to other attendees)
  • Partners only session, run by a partner whose wife is living beyond cervical cancer

Our opening presentation for all attendees will be 'Looking after your mental health after a cervical cancer diagnosis', delivered by Dr. Sahil Suleman the Macmillan Consultant Clinic Psychologist at St George's University Hospital.

To sign-up to attend Let's Meet 2018 click the button below. If you have any questions about the day, please contact us at [email protected].

Sign up to Let's Meet

Healthcare professionals

Let's Meet is our annual information day for women who have been affected by cervical cancer (each registered attendee can bring 1 adult guest). We would be extremely grateful if you could help us make the day a success by making your patients aware of it. We have posters and flyers we can provide you with, nearer the event, to help you spread the word. If you would like these email us. 

Let's Meet 2017

The 2017 Let's Meet event was held on Saturday 7 October at Holborn Bars in Central London. The day centred on practical support, in particular physical exercise after cervical cancer treatment. Workshops included: Ask the Gynae-Oncologist, Sex and intimacy changes after cervical, gong bath relaxation, early menopause and HRT, early diagnosis and fertility, and ‘Let’s Talk’: an open session.

'To have access to real experts in such an intimate setting was a unique opportunity and gave me such confidence in the information I received.'

We were also joined by Siobhan Cowan-Dickie, who is Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Living With and Beyond Cancer at The Royal Marsden who spoke about the importance of keeping active after cervical cancer treatment, with a reminder that physical activity could be anything from gardening, jogging, to a gentle walk around the block. She also signposted our attendees to further sources of support.

'I’m so glad I came!'

'Thank you SO much! It was a wonderful day.'

95% of attendees said Let's Meet helped them gain a better understanding of treatment options and their side-effects, while 90% felt it gave them a chance to share experiences with other people who are affected.

Date last updated: 
24 May 2018

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