'Focus on' Bristol Buddies - January 2016
Martin Robinson, 72 years old from Bristol, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in October 2014. Martin found every day tasks like walking his dogs and cooking a struggle until he received help from his Macmillan buddy, Elektra. Now Martin is focussing on improving his health so that he can help others as well.
Macmillan’s Bristol Buddies service matches volunteers with local people affected by cancer, providing them with someone to talk to as well as offering practical support with every day tasks.
Martin and Elektra would meet up on a weekly basis. She helped him with tasks such as cleaning, shopping and cooking. Their favourite activity was walking Martin’s jack russells, providing Martin with much needed exercise without the fear of being pulled over.
Martin says, ‘When you live on your own it’s so good to talk to someone and get someone else’s opinions and expressions. Companionship helps a lot mentally. Although it may be menial tasks, you haven’t got the strength to do it. In the beginning I felt a bit of shame about letting them do it but you come to accept that you have limits and the body can’t do it’.
Since his diagnosis, the cancer has spread and Martin continues to have treatment. He remains positive and says, ‘I’ve always been a determined person. This isn’t going to beat me. That’s what I’m telling myself. With the help of Macmillan and the doctors and nurses I’m hoping to beat it’. Martin believes he can use his own experiences to help others. He hopes to regain his strength and become a Macmillan volunteer.
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No one should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.