Read about the financial issues being faced by people affected by cancer in Wales.
'You should not be penalised for having cancer.
'It’s the little things which you don’t think of. My husband, Ian, needed new clothes as he lost so much weight due to his oesophageal cancer, and we needed thicker duvets to keep him warm. We also needed £500 to fill up the oil tank for winter.
'If it hadn’t been for Lisa, our Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser, I really have no idea how we would have survived as we had no money between June and October.'
Colin had been living on the Greek island of Kos for 5 years when he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in July 2011.
He returned to Merthyr thinking he could have quick treatment for the tumour and go straight back, but was told it had spread to his bones, spine and hip.
'I had been working abroad and came back with next to nothing.
'The housing association were great and gave me a flat, but I didn’t have a stick of furniture to put in it.
'Macmillan gave me a grant to buy furniture and do some decorating.
'I couldn’t have done it without them. Before that I was lost, frightened, confused and deeply troubled as I could not see how I was going to cope.
'I had never claimed a penny before and didn’t have a clue about benefits.'
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