The New Normal

The New Normal Cancer Support Group

Left to right: Aimee, Helen, Rachael
MEET THE TEAM
Aimee – I am a Cancer Nurse Specialist, currently specialising in prostate cancer. I love my job and feel honoured to look after patients throughout their treatment journey.  I am passionate about health and wellbeing for patients.  I believe that support networks outside an acute hospital setting is vital.  Unfortunately I’ve had lots of family friends locally affected by cancer and after a New Years Eve chat with Rachael and Helen we felt there really was a lack of support for people this side of Leicestershire.  Our aim is to provide a relaxed, safe space where anyone affected by cancer can come and feel supported, get the information they need and meet others in a similar situation.
 
Rachael – I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 after finding a small lump.  10 rounds of chemo, surgery and a month of radiotherapy later I was back at work as a primary school teacher.  Whilst going through the treatments I pulled my positive pants up high and dealt with each day as a different challenge.  When treatment had finished I felt lost, there was a lack of routine and focus, even though I was back at work.  I looked for support groups but they were mainly held in hospitals during the day.  I had seen enough of our local hospitals for a lifetime and having taken time off during treatment, really didn’t want to ask for more time off.  After chatting with Helen and Aimee who had both supported me through my treatments, we recognised a gap in the market and the New Normal was born.
 
Helen – I’m a qualified doctor, but chose to step away from that life in order to bring up my 4 children.  In the past 4 years I have been volunteering for LOROS hospice.  I am part of their compassionate neighbours – I visit people in their home on a weekly basis – whether we sit and chat, do some gardening or go out for a walk and some lunch, I hope to make a small difference to their week.  Unfortunately over the past few years we have lost a number of friends to cancer, watching them go through treatment, and the news that the cancer is no longer curative we have been able to support each other through these sad times.  What if there are people out there who aren’t as lucky, and don’t have such a large support network? That is why I hope The New Normal will be a success. 
 
WHY THE NEW NORMAL?
After discussion with Rachael it became clear that after cancer treatment, you find that life has not gone back to normal (whatever that was!), Cancer does change your life, possibly your outlook on life.  Your ability to live the life you lead before getting cancer may not be the same – inevitably you have a new normal.
 
FUNDING
We are a community group, with very little outgoings – but we do need to pay for the venue on a monthly basis and potentially guest speakers may require some payment in the future. We rely on donations.  If you are a small company, a big company or an individual who would like to donate to our cause, please do contact us.