Lymphoma Action, the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people affected by lymphoma, is inviting anyone in Merseyside affected by Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) to join their online support meeting.
The group has been welcomed by those who have their own experiences of a blood cancer diagnosis. Geoff Morris from Southport attends Lymphoma Action’s Merseyside online support meeting with his wife Chris.
“I was diagnosed with a type of Hodgkin lymphoma in June 2018, but I also received treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1997” says Geoff, 71. “This time, I have been placed on active monitoring (also known as watch and wait) as my lymphoma is very slow growing and doesn’t need treatment straightaway.”
“Chris and I felt quite shocked at first” he adds “but now we know it is quite common for people with certain types of lymphoma to not receive treatment until it is necessary.”
Geoff and Chris joined Lymphoma Action’s Merseyside support group to meet others with experiences similar to their own. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, they attended two sessions held in person, but the group was relaunched in an online format shortly after the first lockdown. “We really enjoy the meetings” says Chris. “It’s nice to hear how everybody is getting on, and to learn about the different types of lymphoma. Karen from Lymphoma Action, who runs the group, is fantastic - she really makes us feel relaxed as a group.”
“We get a lot of reassurance from the group” adds Geoff. “I don’t think we have missed a meeting since we started going, as we get so much out of them.”
“Anyone in the region who has been affected by lymphoma is welcome to join our online support meeting, including partners and relatives” adds Karen Bonell, Regional Development Manager at Lymphoma Action. “In addition to our regional online support meetings, we have extended our online support groups to provide support for family, friends and carers, and for young people affected by lymphoma. Our closed Facebook support group is also a great place for people affected by lymphoma to share information as well as thoughts and emotions about their diagnosis. If any reader would like to join the closed Facebook support group they should search for Lymphoma Action Support UK.”
Anyone who is interested in joining Lymphoma Action’s online support meeting can contact Karen, on 07710 393891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Lymphoma Action’s online support meetings, or for further details on the charity’s services, please visit https://lymphoma-action.org.uk/support-you