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Find out how this issue affects people with cancer and share your own stories.
'Heating and electricity bills are a big and constant worry for people like me. Not only are we dealing with the day to day challenges of cancer but we are also worrying about the increased costs of staying warm. We are a month behind on our last bill and the debts are mounting. It’s the last thing you need when you are ill.'
'I'm struggling to pay my fuel bills as I'm at home a lot more since cutting down my working days. It's not just because I feel the cold more, it's also all the baths and clothes washing I have to do to maintain hygiene while my immune system is impaired. I worry all the time about the cost.'
'I had to stop work during my treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma and was lucky to have a constant stream of friends and family to visit. I'd set up a fixed monthly direct debit for fuel bills but didn't think about how being stuck at home would push up the bills. I found myself in debt when they read my meters. I wish I'd been warned at the time of my diagnosis.'
'We've had a difficult time with the fuel bills. I'm disabled with aggressive breast cancer and my husband is my full-time carer, so income is very tight. We've installed a gadget to measure how much energy we're using as we have to be very careful with how many showers we have. We turn off the heating early, and use blankets if we feel the cold.'
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