Survive and Thrive

Free workshops and seminars to help cancer survivors adapt to the “new normal”

The Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive and Thrive workshops and seminars have been created to help men and women who have finished cancer treatment to adapt to the ‘new normal.’

Our meetings include advice from nurses, as well as peer to peer advice from other survivors on issues that cancer survivors often face including: coping with emotions; fatigue and other symptoms; changing nutritional needs; coping with feelings and change; managing stress and physical activity.

Sometimes the courses are for men or women only and sometimes they are mixed. Attendees are welcome to bring a friend or family member to support them through the course/day.

All courses and seminars are free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential.

Our next Survive & Thrive course will take place in the coming weeks so to register your interest please contact Fiona Sullivan, the Marie Keating Foundation, on 01 628 3726 or email [email protected]. Please indicate which course/seminar you are applying for.

Helen Forristal, Director of Nursing Services, Marie Keating Foundation, said, “There are now more than 200,000 people in Ireland who have survived cancer which is heartening and gives great hope to people going through cancer treatment at the moment. However, we also have to acknowledge that surviving cancer comes with its own unique challenges. Survivors can struggle with learning to cope with the ‘new normal.’ Everyone will have their own unique experiences and responses but by coming together and by getting some expert advice, this adjustment can be made a lot easier and we are looking forward to helping people who have been through cancer treatment not only to survive but also to thrive.”

Upcoming Programme Dates:

Our Survive and Thrive programmes make a huge difference in the lives of our attendees. Below are some testimonials about how our most recent online Survive and Thrive six week programme impacted our participants.

"It is such a great resource for people with cancer. Continue with the online option as well as in person sessions as some people may feel more comfortable talking to people outside their own community"

"Found the course really good – it was lovely to meet other people like me and to find out that my worries were not alone!"

"There is absolutely nothing to improve, it is such a good course and I have recommended it to people that I know that have gone through treatment"

And our stories don't end there.


Read Amanda's story here.

To read Pauline's letter to herself, click here.

Read Mary's letter here.

Read Judith's letter here.

More Survivor letters are available here

Anonymous survivor letter 2 - here

Anonymous survivor letter 3 - here

Survivor's Original Poem - here.

Julie Kearneys Original Poem - here. 

Yvonne Keatings Reflection on 2022 - here 

Dearbh O'Hare Original Poem - The Fierce Phoenix - here

John Feeney, a letter to Kellie - here