Survive and Thrive

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Free workshops and seminars to help cancer survivors adapt to the “new normal”

The Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive and Thrive workshops and seminars have been created to help men and women who have finished cancer treatment to adapt to the ‘new normal.’

Both the workshops and the seminars include advice from experts on issues that cancer survivors often face including: coping with emotions; fatigue and other symptoms; changing nutritional needs; coping with feelings and change; managing stress and physical activity.

Sometimes the courses are for men or women only and sometimes they are mixed. Attendees are welcome to bring a friend or family member to support them through the course/day.

All courses and seminars are free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. If you would like to apply for an upcoming course or seminar, please contact Angela Egan, the Marie Keating Foundation, on 01 628 3726 or email info@mariekeating.ie. Please indicate which course/seminar you are applying for.

 

Helen Forristal, Director of Nursing Services, Marie Keating Foundation, said, “There are now more than 124,000 people in Ireland who have survived cancer which is heartening and gives great hope to people going through cancer treatment at the moment. However, we also have to acknowledge that surviving cancer comes with its own unique challenges. Survivors can struggle with learning to cope with the ‘new normal.’ Everyone will have their own unique experiences and responses but by coming together and by getting some expert advice, this adjustment can be made a lot easier and we are looking forward to helping people who have been through cancer treatment not only to survive but also to thrive.”

Roisin Dunne, a cancer survivor who attended Marie Keating Foundation Survive and Thrive course earlier this year, said, “I found the Survive and Thrive workshop to be hugely helpful. It was great to know that I wasn’t alone through meeting other survivors and hear that they were going through similar experiences. The expert advice was something that is badly needed and, in my opinion, a really necessary part of the healing process. It’s important to not only survive, but thrive, after cancer, but we need to help and support each other through this so I would encourage anyone who is struggling in any area post-treatment to get in touch with the Marie Keating Foundation about the Survive and Thrive workshop.”

Upcoming courses and seminars:

There will be more Survive & Thrive Workshops held in 2017. Please check back here for details or email Angela at info@mariekeating.ie or call her on 01 628 3726 if you would like to be notified if and when there is a course in your area.

Out the Other Side

‘Out the Other Side’ captures real life stories of breast cancer survivors. Developed by the Marie Keating Foundation and Roche, the initiative aims to offer encouragement to cancer survivors and those living with the disease.

This campaign captures the real-life stories and photographs of ten Irish women, who have survived breast cancer. It was initially displayed through a unique exhibition installed in St. Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin, during October 2015, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is currently on tour around Ireland.

You can read the stories of the women and learn more about Out the Other Side here.

Heroes of Hope

The Heroes of Hope – Stories of Prostate Cancer Survival exhibition tells the stories of 15 men who have survived prostate cancer. They are from different counties, doing different jobs, are of all ages and each has travelled their own individual cancer journey. Because just like prostate cancer, we know that no survivor’s journey is the same.

Our 15 Heroes of Hope have one thing in common: they are living proof that while being diagnosed with prostate cancer will change your life, there is life after prostate cancer.

Survive and Thrive Fashion Show

The annual Survive and Thrive fashion show has become one of the highlights on the Marie Keating Foundation calendar of events. Once again, this October 2015, women who have, or who have had, breast cancer, were invited to be supermodels for the night and to strut their stuff on the catwalk in celebration of survivorship.

Linda Keating, daughter of Marie Keating and Director of Fundraising at the Foundation, took on the role of MC for the evening. A total of 16 supermodel survivors (mostly nominated by their breast care nurse) and ten models from Assets model agency sashayed down the runway in the Conrad Hotel, modeling stunning clothes from the new Autumn/Winter collections of Marks & Spencer and Arnotts.

With their families and friends in the audience to cheer them on, the Survive and Thrive Fashion Show was once again a truly heartwarming and inspiring sight to behold. This was the tenth anniversary of the event and the largest and most fabulous show to date. While it is not a fundraising event, it is without a doubt one of the most rewarding events the Foundation hosts. Almost 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and as early detection remains key to survival, the message from the Marie Keating Foundation this October is: Look after your girls; talk to your friends about breast cancer.

Leading stylist and longtime supporter of the event, Clara Halpin, was on hand once again to make sure that the ladies were looking fabulous! Peter Mark creative director Gary Kavanagh and a team of make-up artists from Arnotts made sure the ladies got the full VIP treatment, using the latest products and this season’s colours.