A Norwich-based charity is hoping that care packages will provide a boost to women being treated for breast cancer at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).
Little Lifts is the brainchild of Oa Hackett, 31, who underwent six rounds of chemotherapy at NNUH after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
She set up the charity because the care packages and gifts her friends and family sent her gave her a boost during her gruelling treatment.
The Norwich Evening News revealed that Ms Hackett’s efforts now mean that every woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer at NNUH will receive a little pick-me-up box including small gifts and edible treats, all of which have a purpose.
Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press last month, she explained why she thinks these care packages will help.
“It makes you remember you’re not alone,” she stated, revealing that receiving small gifts from friends and family throughout her treatment reminded her that they were still thinking of her, even if their lives carried on as normal.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment, you should think about the benefits that exercise can have for you.
One of the items in the Little Lifts box is a pedometer, to encourage people to keep walking during their treatment, and a recent study suggested that regular exercise can be a good way to take the edge off the side effects of cancer treatment.
Swimming is a good low-impact exercise and one that you can take at your own pace. Take a look at our mastectomy bathing suits if you’d like to get in the pool to aid your recovery.