Breast cancer patients in Lincolnshire are benefitting from yoga sessions organised by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The free sessions, taking place on the Emerald Suite, Grantham and District hospital, are providing support and relaxation for ladies who are undergoing breast cancer treatment or who have previously had treatment.
The pilot, six-week course focusses on overall wellbeing and provides patients with practical techniques to help self-manage some of the effects of breast cancer and treatment. Each week of the course will have a different theme including energised, courage and finding joy.
The initiative has been kindly supported by the local breast support group who have donated eye pillows and by the British Wheel of Yoga who have donated 15 yoga kits which include mats, blocks and sweatshirts.
Louise, a former breast cancer patient, is due to complete her yoga instructor training and decided to volunteer to help others. She said, “I wanted to give something back to Grantham hospital. They have given so much to me and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Nicky Turner, Macmillan breast care nurse specialist said, “Research has proven that yoga for cancer patients is very beneficial both physically and mentally. It’s a great way for patients to manage part of their treatment and look after their wellbeing and provides independence within their care.”
For further information about the pilot, please call 01476 593945. It is hoped that the pilot will be successful and can be rolled out at Lincoln and Boston in the future.