Beechlawn House Hotel
Time: 10.30 – 12.30
Location: Beechlawn House Hotel, Dunmurry, BT17 9RR

Our Autumn Wellbeing meeting took place on 28th September at the Beechlawn Hotel and we had a great turnout. This was both the 20th Anniversary of our first meeting and our very last meeting to be heald at the Beechlawn Hotel.


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Kezia Moore

Oncology Dietician

Michelle Casement

Benefit Outreach Officer

Louise Gilroy

Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Bobby Watson

OG patient

Kezia Moore & Louise Gilroy both work in the field of oncology support and talked about the challenges during and after treatment.

Michelle Casement a benefit outreach officer for Make the Call discussed the availability of benefits for both patients and the carer. Michelle also had a stand where attendees could go and have a chat with her on a one to one basis. Make the Call is a free service available to anyone 08002321271.

Bobby Watson living proof awareness campaigns are vital to catching it early. Bobby chatted to the attendees about how he was diagnosed when he made an appointment with his GP after seeing Mr Andrew Kennedy on TV raising awareness of the symptoms of Oespohagael cancer.

The September meeting was the 20th Anniversary of the first oesophageal Cancer support group in NI which has now lead to the formation of OGCancerNI. We are forever grateful to Roy McMullan for setting up the first meeting and we celebrated this achievement with a gorgeous cake.

Early Diagnosis is Key #CatchItEarly

Oesophageal cancer like many other cancers does not discriminate between age or sex and knowing and recognising the signs and symptoms are crucial to early diagnosis.  If you suffer from any of the following symptoms for longer than 3 weeks you should consult your doctor.

  • Persistent Indigestion
  • Difficulty swallowing or food sticking
  • Heartburn acid reflux
  • Hiccupping that wont go away
  • Unexplained weight loss.

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