About our group
Our support meetings held in Cheltenham are informal, relaxed and open to those who wish to gain more information about breast reconstruction as an immediate procedure after a diagnosis of breast cancer or due to a hereditary risk. Alternatively, it may be that you are considering breast reconstruction after a previous mastectomy.
There is the opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are considering, undergoing or post-reconstruction. Family and friends are very welcome plus there are always refreshments and often a speaker and a raffle.
If more convenient for you, meetings are also held in Bristol on Wednesday evening, details of which you can find here
One of our volunteers, Jacky, has been speaking about her experiences regarding her own breast reconstruction to WI groups around the South West. Here are some comments from a recent visit:
Where we meet:
Maggies in Cheltenham,
The Lodge, College Baths Rd,
Cheltenham, GL53 7QB
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Pay and display available at Sanford Lido nearby.
Doors Open: 10am for 10:30am start (unless otherwise stated)
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.
April – no meeting scheduled for this month, but if you have any questions, please contact us on the KA Cheltenham email address (below)
Thursday 15th May (Evening) – Reconstruction Choices. Guest Speaker: Phillipa Jackson, Breast Surgeon/Consultant at Southmead Hospital. Also attending: Amy Davey, Reconstructive Scientist, Reconstructive Prosthetics Laboratory Manager plus one other speaker. **CANCELLED** Please note that, because of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, this Support Group meeting has been postponed, with a new date to be announced in due course. Please get in touch via the contacts listed below and follow Keeping Abreast – South West Support Groups – Bristol and Cheltenham on Facebook.
Saturday 13th June – Breast Cancer and Positive Body Image – We will let you know closer to the time if this meeting is going ahead
Saturday 11th July – Macmillan Information Hub/Next
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 reconstruction. Ideally, we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about their 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 number or email above.
Get in touch:
Chairperson: Jacky Robertson
Phone: Jacky – 07531 712804
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
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 supports those women looking to have elective reconstruction surgery due to 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.