Bosom Family Support is a local group, we are a registered charity that was established by Joanne Sowerby in January 2014, after finding out at the age of 36, that she had Breast Cancer, Joanne received treatment which included, a Lumpectomy, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy.
Joanne had a small idea to set up a Support Group which would help the patient and their family. This idea was shared with a friend Vanessa McCarthy, who offered to raise funds for the group at her annual show.
This was the start of Bosom Family Support, we were never sure about how it was going to go, or what would happen, but it has gone from strength to strength. The group meets once a month providing peer support for all of its members. During these sessions, there often opportunities for the members to try out new activities, find out about information from guest speakers, and tackle some of the many issues that as survivors of breast cancer many of the ladies face. The members now have access to counselling services and access to counselling services for their children. We have a range of professionals on tap who are willing to step in and support the ladies, and the sessions are regularly attended by a Macmillan Nurse. From September 2015, alongside Bosom Family Support will be Liferafts, a group specifically for children who have been affected by cancer, and from January 2016 we have Bosom Belles Choir.
The information about the group is given to every person who is diagnosed in Scunthorpe and the surrounding area by the Breast Care Nurses at Scunthorpe General Hospital. We are also lucky to have the full backing of the Beast Care Nurses at the Hospital.
Sadly our group grows monthly, however whilst this is a sad fact, we are so happy by what the group provides to its members and ensure that individuals don’t face cancer alone. Currently in Scunthorpe alone we have had 42 ladies through our doors since that very first night, and this is only scratching the surface.