It is always comforting to hear kind words from people who have engaged with us at SCARS. It makes all our efforts worthwhile and we continue to strive to give the best possible support to anyone affected by cancer.
For the last 8 months I have, with my family & friends been fighting cancer. As many of you will know or can imagine this is both a physical and emotional rollercoaster. This afternoon I went to the SCARS group held in the Hub for the 1st time. I cannot find enough words to explain how thankful and lucky I am feeling right now. To sit in such a relaxed and welcoming environment with people who have experienced the pain, fear, treatment, desperation and hope that is faced by those with or the family or friends of those with cancer was so powerful. We are so lucky to have such a supportive group in our very own community. This group should & must be treasured and supported by everyone in our community. Sadly, no one knows when you may need that ear or shoulder. Thank you SCARS x
June Harman I have been a member of SCARS since it began in 2014. Although, I have not had cancer, my father died of prostate cancer some years ago, so have been affected by what he went through. SCARS has helped many cancer patients, their family and friends in many ways, both practical and emotional. I wish it had been around when my Dad was ill, long may it continue.
It is also my pleasure to be the Treasurer for SCARS working to support Tracy and the committee since its inception in 2014.
I first attended a SCARS group meeting in 2016 after a breast cancer diagnosis and over the past 7 years have been so glad I made that decision. SCARS has given me so much support when I was feeling very anxious and the meetings are a chance to discuss and share worries in a caring and confidential environment. I cannot thank Tracy and all the members of the group enough and am proud to say I am now the SCARS Secretary working to support the committee and the vital work going forward.
I first met Tracy at a Macmillan coffee morning in Sherborne, Tracy was there to introduce and talk about a collaboration between Scars and Sherborne Surgery. This was the first time I had ventured into this environment. I was very nervous and in a fragile state after losing my husband to cancer a few months earlier. Although this wasn’t in Tracy’s remit on the day she took time to talk to me. I found Tracy so comforting and sensitive. I found I was sharing a great deal of personal feelings, concerns and apprehensions. Tracy is compassionate, friendly, caring and an excellent listener- after 30 minutes I felt relieved, less emotional and I had found a new friend. I have since visited the Scars monthly meeting which is informal coffee and cake, lovely ladies and visitors can share as little or as much information as they wish. Every person there has been affected in 1 or another aspect of this horrendous disease so they fully understand individual feelings and concerns. It is the perfect place to share your feelings in a safe environment.
I joined SCARS in 2021, after coming through my second diagnosis of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. At the time I was struggling a bit with adjusting to life after treatment and feeling isolated, as my diagnosis and treatment coincided with Covid and lockdown. SCARS gave my an outlet where I could meet people with similar experiences, who would understand how I felt and what I had gone through. Meetings are lively and supportive. Sometimes laughing together, sometimes just having a quiet chat or hug. I look after the social media for SCARS, principally a daily posting on the Facebook page. Many thanks to everyone for your welcome and ongoing support.
SCARS are an independent, self funding peer support group. Call 07961 027089 (our dedicated group mobile) (Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm )