Maggies Centre

I am including a page on the site on Maggies Centre, a Scottish Charity that supports people with cancer. In October 2009 I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma or the cervix (a rare cancer which doesn't always show up in smear tests.

Patients living in Fife who are diagnosed with cancer have to go to Edinburgh or Dundee for treatment. I chose to go to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for my chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Just near the Cancer block is a beautful building - Maggie's Centre. The staff, volunteers and fellow sufferers were all such an encouragement - that I felt it well worth a page on the site.

There is also a Maggie's Centre in Kirkcaldy also (near the Victoria Hospital.

The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust a Scottish Registered charity. Refers itself simply as Maggie's.It was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks who died of cancer in1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed in the ability of buildings to uplift people. The buildings that house the centres have been designed by leading architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.

The first Maggie's Centre opened was Edinburgh, and was followed by Glasgow and Dundee which was named "Building of the Year" by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.There are also centres at Inverness, Kirkcaldy and the first centre in England was opened in London in 2008There are interim centres at Wishaw, Oxford, and Swansea.Under construction is Maggie's Cotswolds at the Cheltenham Hospital.

Planned centres are at Nottingham,and the North East at the Freeman Hospital at Newcastle.Also further afield Hong Kong and Barcelona. Hong Kong are already translating into Cantonese a poetry book written by the writers group in Maggies Dundee.

In addition to its established centres, Maggie's also has an online centre, free for anyone affected by cancer. The Online Centre also offers an opportunity to take part in live online chat sessions led by a clinical psychologist.

There is also a website which I do hope you will look at - Maggies Centre Website

What is a Maggies Centre?

  • A place for you to come, whatever stage your at with cancer and find the support you need.

  • The programmes at the centres include emotional and psychological support, relaxation and stress management, information and support, relaxation and meditation, also,

  • One to one consultations with professionals.

  • Benefits advice (advice on benefits you may be entitled to.)

  • Look good feel better (an opportunity for women with cancer diagnosis to learn about cosmetic possibilities for managing changes while undergoing treatment.)

  • Nutritional workshop to promote a healthy ,and balanced and varied diet)

  • Information support from professional staff.

  • Prosthesis advice.

  • Tai chi.

  • Writing groups.

  • Expressive art.

  • Support groups for men and women, and various cancer support groups.

  • Help comes from volunteers who also help man the centres.

Fund Raising. There is a full time fund raiser at each centre to make sure the donations and raising of funds continue so the Maggies Centre can give the care and support the the people who use the them.

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