Focus on Colin Fear and Denise Leighton-Price
Meet Colin Earnest Fear, 75 years old from Wrington, Somerset. He was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. During his treatment, Colin’s main point of contact was Denise Leighton-Price - a Macmillan lung cancer clinical nurse specialist at Weston Area Health NHS Trust.
Colin says, ‘I cannot speak highly enough in support of Denise. She always has a smile on her face and makes one feel special even though she is dealing with a huge amount of patients.’
Denise’s role is to support those who have a confirmed or potential diagnosis of lung cancer and provide contact between hospital appointments. She acts as a patient advocate to make sure their voice and their wishes are heard.
Denise says, ‘What I enjoy about being a Macmillan nurse is knowing that in some small way you can help people through the rough time when facing a cancer diagnosis. It is a privileged position, to help people with difficult decisions and conversations, and that is done with the Macmillan branding, helping to break down barriers right at the start. People like Colin make my job worthwhile, he is doing really well.’
Colin says, ‘I feel like I am a member of the club which I understand is quite common amongst cancer sufferers and at the heart of the club is Macmillan support who are there for every single one of us. It is like having a friend behind you at all times who you know will not say no to a request and that is invaluable.’
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.