A new support group is being set up throughout the Southern Riverina that will provide an opportunity for cancer patients and carers to talk to someone.
The Finley and District Cancer Support Group will meet twice a month.
Group co-founder Colleen Bender said the idea came about from her previous experiences battling breast cancer.
‘‘When I was at Hilltop (Carer and Patient Accommodation Centre) in Albury one of the things I missed out on doing was talking to people.
‘‘Most of the time the best conversation was with other patients to compare what they were going through or how they overcame it.
‘‘And after going through my treatment I thought, ‘we really need a support group in our area’.
‘‘I got together with Colleen Rockcliff and we were able to set up this group,’’ Mrs Bender said.
The first information session was held on October 31 and the first official meeting the following day.
Both co-founders said they were overwhelmed with the turnout from interested residents.
The group is not exclusive to patients, as carers of people with all illnesses are welcome to come along to meetings.
The meetings will be lighthearted as Mrs Bender said she doesn’t want people walking out feeling worse.
‘‘Many people just need someone to talk to about what they’re going through or a shoulder to cry on.
‘‘Some carers can build up anger with looking after a patient with an illness and most times don’t have a place to recharge their batteries.’’
Suggestions are already flowing in from the first meeting and information night which include establishing a walking group.
The Finley and District Cancer Support Group will meet today at 1pm at the Finley Intereach office at the Central Arcade in Murray St and on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
For more information contact Colleen Bender on 58834231.