Gary on getting support

Gary walking through the hospital using his phone
Gary walking through the hospital using his phone

When Gary was diagnosed with kidney cancer on top of having leukaemia, he found himself having to deal with practical and financial worries, as well as the emotional strain. Macmillan supported Gary, offering guidance and help when he needed it.

Gary's story

My Macmillan nurse, Patricia, has been absolutely wonderful throughout the cancer journey. She’s always there if I need advice about anything or want to talk about what’s on my mind. She’s very approachable, very friendly and very knowledgeable.

I thought I knew what Macmillan was about, but once I was diagnosed, I realised I didn’t know much about all their wonderful work.

There was a Macmillan nurse in the consultant’s office when I was diagnosed. She was an absolute godsend. She came out of the consultant’s office with me and we sat down to talk about the diagnosis. She then arranged for my wife to come back a few days later and they would go through it all again. I knew that she would be there for me throughout the whole journey.

There were an awful lot of concerns about how the family would cope financially. I’d been offered medical retirement, which I accepted, but I had a pretty small pension. Macmillan was there with advice on completing forms for benefits.

Macmillan is absolutely wonderful. I can’t thank them enough and I know they’re at the end of the phone or online should I have any queries or worries.

Macmillan’s support means so much to me. It’s taken a lot of worry away from me at a very difficult time.

Since my diagnosis, Macmillan has been there every step of the way. I know there’s always somebody I can talk to for help, whether it’s about my treatment or for financial support.

Macmillan has been like a safety net for me. They’ve made a difficult time a lot less traumatic.

I’d encourage anybody affected cancer to contact Macmillan. I’ve found them to be absolutely wonderful.

Watch: all about Gary's experiences

Watch: all about Gary's experiences