In the Pink

 

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa celebrates three years in existence this month.  Inaugurated in October 2015 by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and health councillor Amada Trujllo Bencomo, the Room was born from a need, identified by the Walk for Life foundation, for a space for sufferers of breast cancer and their families.

It offers a place to meet others, for information and help socially and professionally.  The Pink Room, having listened to many women’s issues post-mastectomy, also started the BRA project which now offers every single women here who has had breast removal surgery a custom-made special post-op bra, fabricated from non-abrasive material, fitted, closing in front, etc.

The Pink Room has also run yoga classes, pelvic floor sessions, workshops and talks post-op care, healthy eating, etc.  according to the Walk for Life president Brigitte Gypen.  She and councillor Trujillo Bencomo were in attendance at the 3rd anniversary celebrations alongside many of the users of the Room and their families.

A Swim for Life was held last weekend and the annual Walk for Life takes place in December. The Pink Room is in the Adeje ‘Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia’, in La Nieves with activities every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

 

 

Posture and pelvic floor workshop


The Adeje council and the Walk for Life breast cancer foundation are organising a workshop on Posture and Pelvic Floor exercises, with physiotherapist Vanessa Trujillo. The workshop, which is free, will be in the Pink Room in the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (School of Security And Social Harmony) on Wednesday June 13th, with a session in English at 5pm and in Spanish at 6pm.
Participants should wear comfortable loose clothes and bring an exercise mat.
Caring for your posture during your day to day activities will help your pelvic health too, allowing your pelvic floor work better, efficiently, with less chance of poor functions such as incontinence or a prolapse.

Adeje’s Bus bonus

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The Cancer Bus now has a regular stop in Adeje

The Adeje council has been working on a series of initiatives that will bear fruit over the coming two months in improving the quality of life of people living in the borough. Workshops, therapies and a series of conferences in relation to food, relaxation techniques, and investigation and research into breast cancer and well as help for sufferers are on the menu.

The programme of events are the result of a number of different partnerships following a meeting with Carlota Cobo Hernández, director of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), Brigitte Gypen, the founder of the Walk for Life movement and the Adeje council department of health and quality of life under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

“We feel it is important to concentrate on developing projects which will directly impact on the population and above all those who are suffering from cancer or eating disorders for instance. These programmes are open to all, and in principal what we are doing is creating an awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle” outlined the councillor.

The statements were made at the latest developments regarding the Cancer bus, bought by fundraising efforts to help cancer patients who need transport for treatment to the hospitals in the north, which now has a stop in Adeje. The councillor added, “This transport is there for Adeje-based cancer patients receiving non-surgical treatments who now have a pick-up point directly from the Adeje health centre.”

There is also a full schedule of events for the Pink Room (in the Adeje School of Security and Co-existence, Las Nieves), the first being a workshop on nutritional education, dealing with issues of anorexia and bulimia. There will also be group therapy sessions under the direction of the AECC in June, dealing with stress, body image, self-esteem, sexuality, communication and family.

In parallel there will be a conference dealing with breast reconstruction, which can be carried out immediately after surgery or months/years later, depending on the preferences of the patient. This conference will be given by a specialist from the University Hospital Candelaria.

Already planned for July is a workshop in relaxation techniques, to help balance mind and body and control anxiety as well as stimulating and reinforcing mental capacities and concentration.

Adeje mayor opens the door to The Pink Room

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Over 120 people attended the event inspired by Brigitte Gypen and the Walk for Life movement

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, yesterday officially opened the door to The Pink Room, a space that is dedicated to offering help and more to those suffering from breast cancer and their families. The Pink Room is on the second floor of the School of Security and Co-existence in Las Nieves in Adeje.
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Addressing the 120 people who turned up for the opening, the mayor said “it’s very important that here in Adeje, in the area in general, we can have a space that can be used as a reference point for those who are engaged in the fight against breast cancer. This is also for those who are in seach of information, and those who maybe need that information, as early detection is vital. We also need to work to erradicate taboos surrounding breast cancer and offer solid information”:

He continued, “this is an ideal place to create a focus point for cooperation among medical professional, therapists, who are volunteering their services…I am inviting everyong to help create a unit that reflects solidarity and mutual help. And the Adeje council will always be here for you. It’s not by chance that we have created this space in the School of Security and Coexistence – this is security on a wider scale, not just policing, but also security of health, help for families, mediation… coexistence is integration”.

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Also present at the event was the Adeje councillor for Health Protection and Quality of Life Amada Trujillo Bencomo, and Brigitte Gypen, the woman behind the Walk for Life movement, who mentioned that the idea for the Pink Room was actually first raised in an interview with English Time on Radio Sur Adeje a few years ago. She said “this service is made possible through those who are working with us in a voluntary capacity, and we will be offering help but also hosting conferences, workshops…a lot more. This message I also want to send today is “we need you because we need people to make this place work”.

The Pink Room was conceived with the clear intention of creating a place to help and increase awareness about breast cancer. People affected, those who are working in the field professionally or on a volunteer basis, can use the room to talk about issues that affect those diagnosed with breast cancer, and also promote the vital importance of early detection as well as working on funding, communication avenues, treatments, research, etc.

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Councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “we have to work to reinforce the importance of prevention and look at how we can help those affected. One in every eight women can become affected but with early detection there is an excellent chance of overcoming the cancer. With this Pink Room we will evolve into a meeting point, a place where people can come together to talk, to offer help and advice, psycological assistance if needed – and we will be working with the health centre to promote prevention”.

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