Melanie Eacott who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and has been through treatment is organising an event in Uckfield to help others with the disease.
She is offering women with breast cancer an opportunity to connect, share stories and tips for coping, recovering, and moving forward, and to swap, drop-off, or pick-up a mastectomy bra, prothesis, scarf or hat.
The Live Love Share breast cancer community event will be held at Bridge Cottage on Thursday, October 26, from noon to 3pm.
Guests will include Grace from Uckfield Yoga sharing yoga tips, and Kaye who will talk about lymphedema massage and bra measuring. There will be refreshments too, of tea, coffee, juices and cakes.
Melanie says she is really enjoying being back in the community. She rarely went out during her treatment and says that while she was very lucky with people helping her, others do not have the same support, and all lose a bit of confidence.
She said: “It is hard to do every day thinking about cancer and I hope women with breast cancer will come along to this event, with their friends, make connections and come away with something positive to help them move forward.”
Melanie, who ran her own swimming school before being diagnosed with breast cancer was inspired to organise her event by a self-expression and leadership course she is on.
She began Landmark self-development courses in January 2015, seven months before she was diagnosed with cancer and she is convinced that what she was learning then, helped her better handle the news and treatment.
Her husband Dom, and daughters Poppy, 20, and Tallulah, 16, have been through Landmark courses too and Melanie says they are making a difference to all their lives, every day.
“It is all about living a life of integrity and helping other people and realising life is not just about you – that doesn’t work in the world.”
Melanie has received a lot of help in organising the Live Love Share day. She didn’t want to charge people to attend, or spend any money in holding it. The Bridge Cottage venue has been offered free of charge and Quarry Printing has printed posters free of charge too.
For the future Melanie, a qualified bookkeeper, wants to get back into the workplace by offering administrative services for small businesses. “I enjoy systems and making things work and could help somebody needing an hour or two of help each month. I could do the books, or sort the filing, or similar jobs.”
If you would like more information about the Live Love Share breast cancer community event Melanie can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07795 834468.