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Paul, 44, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April 2002. He suffered from terrible sickness during his chemotherapy treatment. He was made redundant from his job as a manager of a travel agency and has found it difficult to find a new job.
'Since my diagnosis of bladder cancer, I've been made to feel totally unwelcome by my managers at work. I've gone from being one of the most trained in my team to one of the least. I've taken very little time off for my treatment and check-ups and I've tried to be even more productive. But I've got no support and no one's talking to me. I can't afford to resign, but that's what I feel like doing.'
Neil, 51, Glasgow
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'You never stop being a carer. Even though Wyn is back at work we still have to think about where we go on holiday and where and what we eat because of the long-term side effects of his treatment. I was constantly by his side for a year and a half so it was difficult for him not to have me around. I had to encourage him to start driving again and help him find the confidence to go out by himself and regain his independence.'
Su, 46, Swansea, who looked after her husband Wyn for 18 months when he was diagnosed with cancer four years ago
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'My cancer was in my neck and voice box. I am now a laryngectomee after surgery almost two years ago. It's been a hard battle getting back to some sort of normality. I've got five allotments, and although I'm driving my van and tractor again, I still get breathless and have real difficulty lifting heavy loads when I'm gardening. My speech has returned but it comes out a little gargled sometimes. People who don't know me well find it difficult to understand me.'
Josh, 71, Cleveland
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'I've been through surgery, reconstruction, and a hysterectomy. I'm now on treatment drugs for the next seven years and am suffering from horrendous side effects. My joints are painful and weak from the lack of oestrogen in my body and I sleep very poorly because of my night sweats. In hospital they gave me sleeping pills, but now I'm an outpatient, my GP refuses to prescribe them. I'm beginning to wonder if the quality of my everyday life is worth sacrificing for these drugs.'
Alison, 45, Derbyshire, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007
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