The July meeting was amazing , a brilliant turn out of members and guests. We had the Chunky Monkeys there to present a cheque to the amazing value of
£ 750 for the Rory the Robot fund.
The Chunky Monkeys are a Special Group of Motor Bike Enthusiasts and they organised a long ride from Stourport to Aberystwith to raise funds for our group. There were 7 bikes and riders, the journey took 2 days leaving time for them to raise the £ 750.00 for our cause. We say thank you so much to all of them for every penny raised.
Presentation by Laurence Truman on the benefits of Nutrtion and Diet for a healthy Life Style and positive contribution to good health and long term benefits for Prostate Cancer sufferers in the pre diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation phases of PC.
Dr Trueman, Laurence, gave a memorable talk on diet and nutrition to an audience of over 100 members.
This was not a lecture, but a man to man and man to woman walk about amongst the folk of Kidderminster and Worcestershire where he engaged on a personal level giving us the facts on good nutrition and diet for the well being of us all. He gave the facts which left us in no doubt about the benefits.
The detrimental effects of too much sugar and salt in the diet, the disadvantages of too many processed foods, which are addictive, making us want more and more to the detriment of our bodies and in partcular to the pancreas.
This was not a lecture on you must do this and not do that but several points seemed most relavant.
The body and pancreas need a rest from food and we should rest our bodies for 12 hours without the intake of more food.
Potatoes and bread provide the body with sugar but with the bread and potatoes we should have protein as well such as cheese with bread and fish with chips The proteins make the stomach work to give eqilibrium and stop the craving for more sugar or salt. Once again too much processed food is not recommended.
Omega 3 (not too much), Selenium (good source, Brazil nuts) even better if coated with dark chocolate were both mentioned as being very beneficial.
Time and again it was emphasized that we need a balanced diet and that each of us have different needs depending on our metabolism. With this in mind I think we all need a nutritionist to advise us for diet and nutrition as well as a doctor to take care of us when we need.
Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group is so proud to have Mr Adel Makar as its President – follow this link to read about bladder reconstruction surgery which is changing lives.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service to the community was awarded
to the Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group at
the Town Hall in Kidderminster on Monday evening September 4th, 2017.
The award was presented to our chairman Paul Brothwell by the Vice Lord –
Lieutenant of Worcestershire, the Hon. Lady Morrison.
In her speech Lady Morrison acclaimed the group for the work they have
done in supporting men and their families affected by Prostate Cancer, in
particular she mentioned the work of our Buddies who offer direct support to
newly diagnosed men with PC, and the facilitation, for many years, of PSA
testing at the Town Hall for the Men of Worcestershire.
Concluding Lady Morrison said that the award was incredibly difficult to win,
but won deservedly so by our group, she said the award was an equivalent
to gaining an individual MBE.
Adel Makar, our President and Consultant Urologist for Worcestershire
Accute Hospitals, paid tribute to the work that the group have done. He said
that treatment for Prostate Cancer in Worcestershire had improved
dramatically over the past ten years and that the National Prostate Cancer
Audit showed the rating of satisfaction amongst men having had treatment
for PC in Worcestershire was one of the highest in the UK.
Mr Makar again commended the Support Group and said that he and his
team had been empowered and inspired through the work of the group to
bring about the centre of excellence that we now have in Worcestershire for
the treatment of Prostate Cancer.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service has been awarded to
the Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group. Paul Brothwell and Mary Symons attended the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 23rd of May. Both were introduced to and shook hands with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The award is in recognition of all the work done over the past 17 years working with men and their families after diagnosis with Prostate Cancer. The group has worked tirelessly for many years and have pushed the boundaries in providing the best possible support for Men in Worcestershire and this award is a testament to that.
Matt Jackson and Terry Tromans gave a talk on how their support group have set up a voluntary working garden where men can offer their gardening skills and meet others where they can talk and share their experiences. Interestingly the Shed will be open for visitors at an event on the 8th July. More details will be provided soon.
Sue Boyes is the Support Group Development Officer for Prostate Cancer UK.
Sue gave her talk on the role that Prostate Cancer UK provides for support
groups around the country
“My role is to support the national development of new groups and to continue
our relationships with existing groups. Our priorities for 2017/18 will be to work in
geographical areas that we know to have limited or no support for men diagnosed
with prostate cancer. In conjunction with Health Professionals, survivors and other
care support services we aim to establish sustainable groups. Our second priority
is to develop online support group settings for men who may not be wish to attend
face to face groups. In particular we are looking to support gay, bisexual and men
who have sex with other men. Finally we will then be working on a programme to
support men who are on Active Surveillance, as we recognise that the concerns
and issues they face can be different to men who have already been through a
treatment plan. Of course, alongside all of this work we will be out and about
visiting our Partner and Affiliated groups. With the hope to encourage as many of
the groups as possible to participate in our research and service delivery work.”