Things changed in the role I had. I was treated differently. I eventually quit the role as it became too difficult to continue. I managed to find another job but, after I told them about my cancer, they weren't understanding or supportive. I was made to work long hours, given impossible deadlines and an unfair contract. I walked out of that role and had a breakdown. I was signed off by my GP with workplace stress.
I spoke to somebody about my benefits and they recommended that I get in touch with the Equality Advisory Service, who also helped me. I wasn’t aware that Macmillan would support you so much in the workplace and have a specialist workplace team who could speak to your employers. They really, really help make a difference.
Because of their advice, I took my employer to court and managed to win a case for discrimination. Without their help, I wouldn't have won my court case. It’s one positive to come out of everything.
Recovering from surgery and returning to work proved extremely difficult, but Macmillan supported me throughout. I called the Macmillan Support Line before my interview and they gave me advice over the phone and told me that I didn’t have to tell them about my cancer in the interview, just whenever I needed to. Nobody with cancer should have to fight their employers at the same time – the cancer’s tough enough by itself.