Kate on getting support

When Kate was diagnosed with cervical cancer aged thirty, her Macmillan nurse, Vikki, was there to help her.

She also got information through the Macmillan website and support line, and applied for a grant to help with heating costs during her treatment.

Kate's story

Macmillan is a really great organisation. Nothing seems too much bother for anybody and they always seem to go out of their way to help you. Which I think is amazing support really.

I always felt that Vikki, my Macmillan nurse, was on my side and fighting her best. Like when I had a scan and they said it was going to be three weeks, she said 'no, I'm not accepting that, that's too long'. And then she got me in three days later. She stopped me from worrying about things. And when I didn't feel well, I could still ring her up. She was like a little angel really.

Macmillan's website is really informative, and the Macmillan Support Line. If I didn't understand something the consultant said, I'd remember it and look it up on the website later on. You know you're going to get really good, accurate information from there.

Macmillan also paid for our extra heating costs. I was having chemotherapy through the winter and I was at home all day and feeling the cold because I didn't feel very well. The extra money really helped – because all of a sudden you're not at work earning overtime, and you're spending more on things and driving to the hospital every day, which was an hour round trip.

If somebody's poorly with cancer, they shouldn't have the added pressure of worrying about paying their electricity or heating bill. I felt under an immense amount of pressure to get back to work when I was first diagnosed, and to have that taken away from you is so much better.

Kate being interviewed sat on her sofa

Watch: all about Kate's experiences

Kate talks through her experience of being diagnosed with cervical cancer, and how Macmillan supported her.

Watch: all about Kate's experiences

Kate talks through her experience of being diagnosed with cervical cancer, and how Macmillan supported her.