In a few weeks it will be the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Which means that life turns pink for the month of October. Celebrities and influencers wear pink in an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Which is great. All this pink stuff has certainly got breast cancer on the map. People check their breasts which is fabulous because the early detection can save lives. And people donate to breast cancer charities by buying these pink goods – be it a pink T shirt, a pink bracelet, a pink frying pan, pink cakes, pink everything.
It’s a very noisy month and it can be hard to escape breast cancer on social media, in shops and on mainstream media.
Some of you may welcome this month and the opportunity to shout about your own experience in order to raise awareness of early detection and raise funds for breast cancer charities. All of this is fantastic.
But BCAM can also be an incredibly triggering time for many.
There will be A LOT of you who just want to climb under your duvet and hibernate for the month, resurfacing on 1 November. Whether you’re going through treatment, finished treatment years ago or are living with breast cancer, every day is a breast cancer day for you and you really don’t want it forced upon you any more than it already is.
And this is where we come in. Future Dreams can be your safe space during this month.
First of all, we have a host of fabulous articles on our online Information Hub to help you cope. Why not check out:
Coping with anxiety and other mental health issues – we talk about how things like mindfulness, talking, coaching (and more) can help.
Therapy isn’t just talking about it – this article suggests other ways to help cope with issues arising from your cancer.
Relaxation tips – this article introduces you to things like meditation, mindfulness, reiki and more.
Sleeping after a breast cancer diagnosis – need help sleeping? This article provides some tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Breathing Techniques to Help You During and After cancer – Louisa explains how to use the breath to relax and calm.
Quick Tips to Fortify Yourself After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis – Bami provides some practical tips on fortifying yourself after a diagnosis.
Using movement as Medicine After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis – Sarah talks about the benefits of exercise and how it also helps with stress and worry.
Writing tips to help you through cancer and Writing Through Cancer: Using Writing as a Therapy and a Way to Help Others – two articles introducing you to – and helping you to start – using writing as a way to cope with your emotions, stress and anxiety.
Yoga Helped Me Rebalance After Breast Cancer – you may want to try yoga in which case this article by Marcia will talk you through getting started.
Life After Cancer – this section is dedicated to articles from Dr Jane Clarke where she explains the reasons why you’re feeling a certain way after your treatment.
Our Future Dreams House in London is a place for anyone who is going through breast cancer treatment, has completed breast cancer treatment or is living with secondary breast cancer. We have a huge range of support groups, workshops and one-to-one therapies. Or you can just drop in for a quiet cup of tea on your own.
We want people to feel that the House is a safe space during BCAM: a non-medical environment run by a team of supportive women where you’ll come across others in your situation.
You can join a workshop or support group such as one of our:
Booking details for all of the above can be found here.
There are also options for one-to-one appointments. For example, you can book in for a chat with one of our breast care nurses or for a one-to-one therapy such as acupuncture or counselling. To book, see here.
Some of our in-person offerings are also available online via teams or zoom.
We have a wide range of online workshops. These include Pilates, Yoga, mindfulness for the secondary community, hypnotherapy, breathwork, end of day yoga, nighttime EFT and our creative reflection retreat. And in October we’re launching our first virtual coffee morning (details to be released shortly). You can book on to any of our online offerings via the online booking system
And if you’re looking to talk to someone, you can make an appointment to talk to one of our breast care nurses or counsellors on the phone or over zoom or teams here.
For anyone struggling, here are some other support resources:
Mind This is a mental health charity providing support and information including an infoline and centres across the UK.
The Good Grief Trust This charity supports those who are grieving the loss of someone close to them.
The Blurt Foundation is a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by mental health issues. The have a brilliant website with loads of resources.
Managing stress and anxiety, Breast Cancer Now.
10 Tips for Managing Cancer-Related Stress and Anxiety, Dana- Farber Cancer Institute.
Blurtitout.org A website with many resources for people suffering from anxiety and depression.
To return to the homepage of our Information Hub, click here where you can access helpful information, practical advice, personal stories and more.
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Sylvie and Danielle began Future Dreams with just £100 in 2008. They believed nobody should face breast cancer alone. Their legacy lives on in Future Dreams House. We couldn’t continue to fund support services for those touched by breast cancer, raise awareness of breast cancer and promote early diagnosis and advance research into secondary breast cancer without your help. Please consider partnering with us or making a donation.