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Helping hand for sufferers; 'Inspirational' woman's legacy.

Byline: ADAM JUPP

AN "inspirational" woman who recently died of cancer has left a legacy behind for other sufferers.

Lady Brenda Beecham, wife of Tyneside peer Lord Jeremy, passed away in September, having lived with the disease for two years.

After learning she had bowel cancer, the 63-year-old had worked on a series of projects to raise awareness and help others cope.

Now, a booklet called Moving Forward, which she helped produce, has been published. It deals with the psychological impact of having cancer and its long-term consequences on the lives of patients and their families, even when they have been given the all-clear.

It has been supported by Coping With Cancer North East. Journalist and film director Sheilagh Matheson, MD of media company SilverLining and a close friend of Lady Beecham, of Gosforth, Newcastle, explained how the booklet came about.

She said: "Lady Beecham devised a course with group coaching, exercises and setting goals for four women at different stages of cancer treatment. What made the course unique was that Brenda drew on her own experiences as a cancer patient, as well as applying her professional skills to lead the group.

"Brenda's aim was to help everyone with cancer to feel more positive and optimistic about the future.

"The booklet is very much a record of personal experience and development.

"The five women who took part, including Brenda, were all very candid about the effect cancer had on them.

"The booklet is full of their stories and charts their progress. It has useful tips on how to accept that life might never be the same again - but it can change for the better." Lady Beecham was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in September 2008.

For copies call 0191 228 0259 or email info@copingwithcancer.org.uk

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2010
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