A CANCER survivor is taking her battle to the next level by starting a new support group for those fighting the disease.

Victoria Walsh, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2019 and later progressed to stage four in 2020, has made a remarkable recovery despite being given a life-limiting prognosis.

Having gone through two major surgeries and three years of chemotherapy, Victoria believes that mindset is just as important as treatment when it comes to dealing with cancer.

She has retrained as a cancer coach and wants to empower and inspire others to take control of their health and well-being.

Pershore-based Victoria said: “When you’re diagnosed with cancer it feels as though the medical team are leading your care which can be scary because there is a loss of control.

"It’s important that cancer patients feel empowered to take control of their own health to help manage treatment symptoms and improve quality of life — and a coach can support them in doing this.”

Victoria has teamed up with another cancer coach Samantha Holt from Back To Life Cancer Support based in Worcester and Nicole Hopkins who runs Lavender Therapy in Droitwich.

Together, they have created a free cancer support group that will be held at The Fold Therapy Centre, Bransford.

The group will meet once a month for six months, starting from last Sunday.

It will help patients manage treatment symptoms, improve quality of life and provide a supportive community to share experiences.

Anyone who wants to attend the support group is asked to register by emailing b2lsgroup@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.backtolifecancersupport.co.uk/b2l-support-group.

Victoria can be contacted on Facebook at Victoria Walsh Cancer Coaching or online at www.what-next.org and www.cancercoaching.co.uk.