Cathy on support from Macmillan

Cathy sitting on a bed holding a phone to her ear.
Cathy sitting on a bed holding a phone to her ear.

When Cathy was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, she felt as though her future was uncertain. She called the Macmillan Support Line on many occasions for emotional support. 

She also spoke to them about help with her employment issues - some of which were worrying her the most.

Cathy's story

I felt quite lonely and isolated while I was waiting for the prognosis. My future was very uncertain. I wasn't quite sure if my bowel cancer was terminal or how long I’d have left. So that was a very difficult time for me.

Macmillan made a difference to me emotionally, when I was going through extremely stressful times. Just to have somebody to talk to and tell you that you’re not alone, that there’s help and support there for you when you need it. I felt very distressed, very anxious about my future, about my career, but they reassured me and helped with issues that I had at that time. I called the Macmillan Support Line and spoke to somebody who completely understood, and helped calm me down.

Recovering from surgery and returning to work proved extremely difficult. But Macmillan supported me throughout. They gave me advice on returning to work and my rights at work. I was sent the Macmillan work and cancer toolkit, which is for employers and employees. I also spoke to somebody about my benefits and they recommended that I get in touch with the Equality Advisory Service, who also helped me.

Close-up of Cathy looking down.

Watch: all about Cathy's experiences

Watch: all about Cathy's experiences