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Here at PLANETS we understand how daunting a cancer diagnosis can be.  We know firsthand the transformative power of support throughout the cancer journey and have experienced ourselves the highs and lows, the triumphs and setbacks and the profound impact they can have on your life.

We are very happy to be welcoming Alison Bailey, Cancer Coach, to our team, adding another layer of support that we are able to provide. Cancer coaching allows patients and their families to discuss what is happening at the moment and giving them the tools to set achievable goals that can make life a little easier. It helps take back control over what seems uncontrollable.  The coaching sessions are completely driven by you and your needs. One week you may want to focus on upcoming treatment or hospital appointments. The next week you may choose to focus on how to talk to friends and family about what is going on – or how to ask for help when you need it. It’s completely up to you.

Alison says ‘I am delighted to be joining the PLANETS team as a cancer coach to support patients and those who care for them before, during and after their treatment.

You might be a patient who is going through treatment or coming out the other side of it.  The same applies for those around you who care or support you. It is often a question asked” who cares for the carers/supporters?” These sessions are for those as well.  You can ask that a family member is given the chance to have a few sessions so that they can work out the best way to support you.

There are no “out of bounds” topics, the sessions are a “safe space” for you to focus on your priorities – and that may be as simple as working out how to carve out a bit of “me time”. It could also be a chance to really look at the things that are most important to you this day, week or month.  My many years in the Oncology field, coaching qualification and personal experience give me a unique insight into the stresses and pressures that cancer patients and their supporters have to cope with on a daily basis. I am here to help.’

If you are struggling through a particularly difficult time at the moment and feel you would benefit from Alison’s service, please get in touch with the PLANETS team and we can give you details on how to gain a referral.


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