When David was diagnosed with throat cancer he didn't want to ask for help. He rediscovered his independence with the help of his Macmillan physiotherapist Cathy.
When David Phillips was diagnosed with throat cancer his world was turned upside down. ‘I had a very full life. But, after my second chemotherapy session, I was losing my hair, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t swallow. I lost over six and a half stone in two months.’
These effects of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy left Dave depressed. ‘I felt a failure – that was the hardest part. It’s the embarrassment of being ill and it’s the embarrassment of not being able to do what you used to do.’
It was Cathy, his Macmillan physiotherapist, who was there to support him. ‘She sat down on the bed and she just started chatting as if she’d known me for years. And that’s Cathy’s biggest gift. She was the key that opened the door to make me think, “Now Phillips I can beat this”.’
Now in recovery, David has decided to leave a gift to Macmillan in his will.‘
'Without Macmillan, I would not have survived. We give a donation to Macmillan every month. We have left Macmillan something in our will. That’s very important for me because, for what they’ve done for me, there’s people coming behind.'