Survivorship Toolkit

Our Survivorship Toolkit courses are held at the Aztec Hotel & Spa and hosted by Tim Snary, Simon Chilcott, Sue Brand, Liz Allison and Peter Strang. The courses have had some really positive feedback. Here are some of the comments:

“Enjoyed meeting others and sharing stories”.
“The medical information was really helpful”.
“Sharing experiences”.
“Great day, very informative”.
“An opportunity for some time out from everyday life and discuss with others”.
“Good information about diet and exercise”.

The next courses will be held on…

4th December 2017
5th March 2018
4th June 2018
17th September 2018
3rd December 2018

If you have had testicular cancer (germ cell) and would like to attend these courses, please email GermCellNurses@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Personal Development Weekends

The Bristol Testicular Cancer Service and It’s in the Bag, know that testicular cancer can affect every part of your life and can raise some big questions, such as:

  • How have I been living my life?
  • What really matters?
  • Who am I now that I have finished my treatment?

We think it’s important to consider what things really matter in your life because that can inspire you to improve your health and wellbeing. Together with the Bristol Testicular Cancer Service, we have created a very special weekend called “Taking Charge of your Life” to help you think about how to live well after testicular cancer (Germ Cell).

We know that it can often be hard for men to really put time aside for their personal development and this weekend has been designed just for you.  It will give you the opportunity to think about where you are in your life, where you would like to get to and what you would need to do to get there.

The weekend is led by Michael Simmons, a personal development consultant who has been working with us at It’s in the Bag for six years and Tim Snary, our resident volunteer and supporter in our Friday clinics.

It begins on a Friday evening at 6pm and ends Sunday at 4pm and takes place at the gorgeous Aztec Hotel & Spa where It’s in the Bag will pay for your food and accommodation.  You just have to bring yourself, so please plan to join us.

The next courses are taking place in 2018…

18th -20th May
2nd-4th November

If you would like to attend, please speak with your medical team or email GermCellNurses@uhbristol.nhs.uk

 

It’s in the Banter

Voted for by patients like you, It’s in the Banter support activities offer the chance to get active for free. Share laughter and banter, while getting stuck in to sports, trips or taster sessions. Past events include go-karting, a brewery tour, archery or even Foot Golf!

Whether you choose to talk about testicular cancer or not, getting together with fellow patients and survivors is great therapy. It’s also an important reminder that no matter what you’ve been through, you’re never alone.

Prepare for laughs, some healthy competition and maybe a new skill or two along the way!

Full details of the next activity can be found on our Events page.

Afternoon Tea

Is for mothers, partners or close relatives of someone who has had testicular (germ cell) cancer within the last five years,

We know that living with someone who is diagnosed with cancer can be incredibly challenging, so this will be an opportunity for people who have been (or are still going) through similar experiences to come together in an informal and relaxed environment and share a tasty afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea is held in the beautiful surroundings of Berwick Lodge (Bristol)

There will be no charge to attend this support event, but places are very limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Full details of the next Afternoon Tea can be found on our Events page.

Information Packs

It’s in the Bag have worked with the Bristol Testicular Cancer Service to provide information packs for all men in the South West of England diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. Each pack has leaflets about the operation, what to expect to happen, how the MDT works, contact details of the Bristol team and your local team. If you have not received a pack please contact GermCellNurses@uhbristol.nhs.uk