The Cardiff cervical cancer support group is the first group in Wales and is run by Sarah Vining who has survived cervical cancer and has been trained by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust as a support group leader. As a volunteer for Jo's, she works closely with the charity to develop the support group service, which is the first dedicated to ladies affected by a cervical cancer diagnosis.
"After the shock of my cervical cancer diagnosis subsided, I went into practical mode, planning, sorting, preparing and generally riding the treadmill of things that needed to be done. I was on a conveyor belt of tests, more tests and surgery so my emotions didn't really ever have time to catch up with me. When the treatment was over, I was numb. It was then I needed the practical and emotional support more than ever. There wasn't a support group at all in my area so I attended the group in Bristol, and this was the first time I was able to come to terms with what had happened to me. This really motivated me to set up a group in Cardiff and I'm so pleased that it's now happening. I hope I can provide a warm, supportive and friendly environment for everyone that needs it"
Sarah, support group leader
About the Cardiff support group
The group meets bi-monthly on a Saturday morning in a private room at John Lewis in the city centre. The group offers women who have had cervical cancer the opportunity to meet other ladies face-to-face to share information and experiences, and to gain and offer support to others. Group members can also become more involved with the charity in a range of activities that include distributing information locally, raising awareness, informal social nights and fundraising for the charity by supporting the annual Walk for Fun.
But most importantly, the support group offers the chance for women who've been through a cervical cancer diagnosis to talk about their experiences with those who've had similar experiences. Sometimes a friendly cuppa and a chat with someone who understands what you're going through can make a world of difference.
There are regular guest speakers covering a wide range of subjects that affect women with cervical cancer. Topics in the past have included menopause, HRT and mindfulness. We welcome all suggestions and ideas for arranging future guest speakers, and have regular group discussions on issues that our ladies want to learn more about by sharing our experiences in a safe environment.
We welcome any ladies diagnosed with cervical cancer from across the South Wales region. All information discussed within the group stays within the group to respect the confidential topics discussed.
Anyone thinking of joining us for the first time can be reassured they will receive a warm welcome from Sarah and all of our group members. It will be an opportunity to make new friends with ladies who fully understand the issues faced when newly diagnosed and issues when receiving or finishing treatments and the worries of attending follow up appointments. As a group leader I fully understand you will be nervous about attending for the first time and are happy to discuss any worries you may have prior to attending. You don't need to contribute to the group - just come and listen and feel supported.
Keeping in touch
To keep in touch with our group members we encourage members to use the support group email [email protected] and our Facebook group page to keep in touch between face to face meetings. Group members will be added to the page by the support group leader after attending a meeting.
Saturday 29th July 2017
Saturday 30th September 2017
Saturday 4th November 2017