Our first ever Mini Meet event was held on 13 May in Birmingham.
It was the first regional information day we have held. Our existing annual patient information day Let’s Meet is such a popular event and we know it has really positive impact on the ladies who attend. As a charity we are always striving to reach and support more women affected by cervical cancer and so we wanted to pilot running a smaller regional get together.
Mini Meet is a chance for women and their loved ones in the local area living with and beyond a cervical cancer diagnosis to connect with each other, share experiences, get answers to their questions in a relaxed and supportive environment.
"Thank you for a great supportive day it has really helped me to move in the direction I need help with now"
We began the day with a question and answer session with Dr Kavita Singh, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. Attendees had the chance to talk through their concerns and questions with Kavita, and also hear from other ladies about their experiences and coping strategies.
"It was useful to have access to professionals in a small group"
The attendees were then able to select and attend two of the below workshops:
- Sex and Intimacy- Alison Cullen, Psycho-sexual counsellor
- Menopause and HRT – Dr Esther Moss, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester
- Fertility – Dr Ghiyath Shayeb, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital
- Pelvic Radiation Disease - Dr Neeraj Bhala, Consultant Gastroenterologist at the University Hospitals of Birmingham
"Really informative workshops"
Feedback from the day has been very positive, 78% of the attendees said the event helped them to feel less isolated and 89% said the event helped them to feel more hopeful. 100% of attendees said they would attend another Mini Meet event in future and would recommend the event to others.
Here's what some of our attendees said about Mini Meet:
"I was able to talk about issues without fear or judgement"
"Thank you for a lovely informative morning"
"The amount of ladies in the room was very comfortable, not too overwhelming"
"Meeting others that have been there to"
"Fantastic day thank you"
"Learning that other people are going through the same things whether physical or psychological"
"Dialogue with others –I am normal"
We are planning to hold more Mini Meet events in the coming year so keep an eye out for an event near you. If you have any questions or want to find out more please email us at [email protected]