MARTINE HOPING TO HELP

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A DEVOTED daughter is hoping to set up a breast cancer support group in Wyre.

Martine Trickett says she and her mum, Jocelyn, who was recently diagnosed with the condition, have found there is not much in the way of help groups for those living in Cleveleys or the Wyre area.

Jocelyn, who is 82, is now on medication to try to reduce the size of the tumour, which was diagnosed after she noticed a lump.

Martine, a dance teacher, from Cleveleys, said: “We are looking to try to set up a support group, to hold coffee mornings and so on.

“It’s just to give a chance for people who have cancer, have had or are recovering from it, to be able to talk to each other.

“It’s awful news for anybody to be given, and a lot of people who are told that news must feel frightened.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind time for us – it’s only been about four to six weeks since the diagnosis, so mum has been through a lot.

“There seems to be support groups and so on in Blackpool, but not much in the Cleveleys and Wyre areas.

“It would help me, as a carer for mum, and her, as a cancer patient, to have people with similar experiences to talk to.

“The breast cancer nurses at the hospitals have been great and Macmillan are also very good.

“We also hope to raise awareness of the condition.

“Breast cancer can affect anyone, of any age – including men, which is something most people tend not to realise.

“The breast cancer nurse was telling us how Blackpool has a higher prevalence of men with breast cancer than other parts of the country.

“We feel it would be a nice idea to set up a group, for people to get together and talk to someone else who has been through it or is going through it too.”

Anyone interested in joining a local support group is asked to call Martine on 07967 970847.