by The East Cork Journal
Colette Cahill joins Cork ARC Cancer Support House as Community Cancer Support Co-ordinator for their cancer support service at 29 Friar Street in Youghal.
Colette brings over twenty years’ experience in nursing roles and in service development across public, private and voluntary sectors to Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
As Senior Care Nurse Specialist in bowel and bladder care, Colette has worked closely with patients and their families to adjust to life following diagnosis, surgery and treatment, as well as being responsible for developing and growing that nursing service to GPs, Consultants and other health care professionals in the Munster region across both the hospital and community care settings. Most recently, Colette has worked as a psychotherapist with Pieta House, where she worked with children and adults supporting them to achieve positive mental health.
Prof. Seamus O’Reilly, Chairman of Cork ARC Cancer Support House welcomed Colette to the Cork ARC Cancer Support House team, saying: “Colette’s skills and expertise in nursing and in counselling across the public, private and voluntary sectors will form the cornerstone of support services for cancer patients, their families and carers at Cork ARC in Youghal, where we support the communities of East Cork and West Waterford.”
Having launched in May of 2017 at 29 Friar Street, Cork ARC Cancer Support House is open every Wednesday between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to support all those affected by cancer in the community. All of their services are available free of charge. Their service is professional, nurse led and confidential. Their aim is to provide therapies that complement the medical model and adhere to best practice, so as to make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.
All those who wish to avail of support services at Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Youghal are welcome to drop in without an appointment, each Wednesday, free of charge. Telephone support is also available every Wednesday, on 024 91654.
Aside from the one-to-one support available at Cork ARC, counselling, therapeutic massage and reflexology are available to alleviate the physical and psychological effects of cancer. A six week yoga programme is currently underway, offering participants a guided programme of gentle yoga movements and breath awareness to enhance relaxation and help manage the stress of a cancer diagnosis.