During a survivor, patient and family meeting that was held on December 3rd 2016 at UWOCASO offices. Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) patients were encouraged to join support groups in order to learn copying techniques and reduce their risk of emotional stress.
This was emphasized by Ms. Leah Kasule and Elizabeth Kazibwe survivors who were the guest speakers of the day. Elizabeth encouraged members’ to take care for themselves , take enough rest also love and reward themselves whenever they feel better, She urged patients to communicate their needs and concerns to their care takers in order to get maximum social support. Leah emphasized the importance of participating in support groups for peer support and learns from their peers how to solve challenges that come as a result of living with metastatic disease.
Survivors and patients were advised to learn and adopt the following copying techniques;
Live day at a time.
Communicate their needs and concerns to their needs and concerns to their care takers.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables but continue eating other foods that build their bodies and give energy.
Pray and have time to meditate.
Understand their disease and be aware of the available supportive services and resources in their locality.
Focus on positive issues
List their questions regarding their health care before visiting their health care providers.
Understand their treatment, the’’ dos and don’ts’’.
This meeting doubled as a patient’s Xmas party, participants prayed, danced and shared a meal together. It was an interactive meeting including group therapy and peer to peer counseling.
The meeting was attended by 69members including Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) patients and their families, survivors and well-wishers. Patients were invited to show case and sell out their crafts like mats, handbags, jewelries and others to their peers and participants. The sale of items is a motivation to patients and survivors who are struggling with medical and food bills.
Through these meetings there is increased connectivity between patients, survivors and health care providers.
This work has been supported by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) challenges grant.