Teenage Cancer Trust – Find Your Sense of Tumour
My first experience of this amazing conference was in October 2008 when I was booked by the Red Cross to do some hand/arm massage and nailcare at Center Parcs at the ‘Find your sense of Tumour’ Conference organised by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
In addition to the Red Cross service, I was privileged to be able to join the team of 15 volunteer Complementary Therapists organised by Virginia McGovern who is the Complementary Therapy Nurse Specialist in the Children’s Short Stay at Queen’s Medical Centre to offer therapies to the 400 young people over the weekend.
It was a truly enlightening and upbeat weekend and I was bowled over by the young people’s evident enjoyment and interest in the talks and active participation in the social activities.
I have since volunteered every year at this conference – now held twice a year – for under 18’s at Whitemoor Lakes and for over 18’s at St George’s Park. I am always overwhelmed and humbled by the energy and positivity at the conference and the huge level of support offered by TCT.
This conference provides an opportunity for young people who have or have had cancer to hear first hand from the experts and ask them questions; take part in group discussions on subjects such as hair loss, fertility and relationships. For many of the young people attending, Find Your Sense of Tumour is the first time they can meet and share experiences with people their own age who know what it’s like to be diagnosed.