About our group:
Our support meetings held in both Bristol are informal, relaxed and open to those who wish to gain more information about Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy.
There is the opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are considering, undergoing or post reconstruction. Family & friends are very welcome plus there’s always refreshments and often a speaker and raffle.
Meetings are also held in Cheltenham on Saturday mornings if this is more convenient for you.
Where we meet:
Macmillan Wellbeing Centre,
Beaufort House, Southmead Hospital,
Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol, BS10 5NB
(Unless stated otherwise)
Doors open: 7pm
Meeting: 7.30 to 9pm
2019 meeting dates:
Wednesday 16 January 2019: Introducing Philippa Jackson, Consultant Breast Reconstruction Surgeon, Q&A session
Wednesday 27 February 2019 Speaker: Debra Pitchford, Confidence Coach
Wednesday 10 April 2019: Speakers Nicola Jane – Lingerie/Swimwear Specialist
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
In addition we are also pleased to announce a new bra fitting service for pre and post-surgery mastectomy and breast reconstruction ladies.
Jackie Poole, Breast Care Fitting Specialist, from Nicola Jane Lingerie will be available in the Apple Room in the Macmillan Centre at Southmead Hospital Bristol, twice a month on a Friday afternoon. Appointments on the dates below are limited, so please call 07919 280144 or email [email protected] to book an appointment. The appointment will be between 45 minutes to an hour long so ladies can try on a variety of bras to see which suits them.
Want to help?
As a small group we are on the look out for a number of volunteers to join us to help run the group so we can offer support to more women considering and undergoing breast cancer. Ideally we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about your journey, and also some individuals to help with the administrative side of things too. If you might be interested please contact the Keeping Abreast Head Office on the numbers above.
Alternatively you can send us a message via our Volunteers Page here
Get in touch:
Co Chairperson: Tina Robinson and Sue Stokes
Email: [email protected]
Breast Reconstruction Nurse: Caroline Oates
Phone: 01174 148700
Email: [email protected]
Don’t forget, to keep up to date with what we are doing including our upcoming support groups you can follow the Keeping Abreast South West Groups on Facebook here.
To follow the Keeping Abreast charity page visit www.facebook.com/keepingabreastbreastreconstruction
If you like funk and soul music, and want to banish those winter blues away, check out this event taking place on Friday 15th February at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall! ‘British Soul Pioneers’ Kokomo along with DJ Tony Clark will be playing a mix of soul/funk/motown/northern soul and jazz funk with all profits being donated to our Bristol group. For more information visit http://soulextravaganza.org.uk
SYMMETRY MADE SIMPLE
Amoena Balance Shapers
For perfect breast symmetry and restored confidence while you’re waiting for reconstructive surgery, Amoena offers a range of soft, lifelike partial shapers that can be worn in the cup of your bra. Partial shapers can also help balance your figure after surgery, for an ideal outline in clothing every day.
The right bra can make all the difference to the way your breast form fits, and can also help with symmetry and comfort after surgery. Amoena offers a range of beautiful lingerie to give you all the support and performance you need – now and later – in a gorgeous range of fabrics, colours and styles.
Free fitting appointments are available at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital every Monday. For further information or to arrange an appointment please contact Caroline Oates or Lewis on 0117 41 48700.
View the full Amoena collection at www.amoena.co.uk
Nick of Time:
As well as supporting women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and looking to have an immediate or delayed reconstruction, Keeping Abreast also support those women looking to have elective reconstruction surgery due the discovery of a breast cancer gene.
This support is provided by our sister group ‘Nick of Time’. It is likely that there will be elective surgery patients at your local group but if you would like specific information or further details please contact Nick of Time.