Vivek on getting support

Vivek
Vivek

When Vivek was diagnosed with a brain tumour, he took the news in his stride. But he eventually recognised that even he needed extra support.

‘It was only once I started getting help from Macmillan that I realised I’m not as independent or as well balanced in my own head as I thought I was.’

Vivek's story

I went to see a Macmillan nurse in Bedford who really helped me out and helped me realise that, actually, there were a lot of things in my head that needed to be sorted.

It just helps having an objective view on what you’re going through.

Being able to speak to someone in person was important – I’ve never been much of a person to speak on the phone. With Macmillan, there is help available in so many different locations around the country that there’s no excuse not to speak to someone in person.

More than anything, it was just the fact that the presence of Macmillan in all the hospitals I’d been to was so great and the help was available everywhere. You couldn’t turn a corner without some kind of help being available to you, whether it be leaflets or nurses. That’s why, for me, it wasn’t such an ordeal to go through the treatment and everything – but I realise for other people it definitely could be.

Macmillan were such a support to me that I ended up volunteering to work at Mount Vernon Hospital with Macmillan. I enjoyed work as a volunteer because I think people with cancer could see that I knew what they had been through and were talking about and this helped them.


Watch: all about Vivek's experiences

Watch: all about Vivek's experiences