Physical support for Kiwi

See how Macmillan supported Kiwi’s physical well-being after his cancer diagnosis.

Kiwi was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012. He found the side effects of treatment, like fatigue and cramps, hard to cope with but the information in Macmillan leaflets was a big help. Macmillan also helped him with the practicalities of life with cancer, advising him to stay physically strong by doing exercise and keeping active. Kiwi is a scout leader and loves being outside and camping – so definitely did not want people to wrap him in cotton wool.

‘One of the things that helped me a lot during my darkest times with cancer was getting out and about in nature, as well as exercising and keeping fit,’ says Kiwi. ‘Body weight exercises — I couldn’t lift weights any longer because the chemo had a negative effect on my joints, I now suffer joint pain — were one of the only things I had control over and could set myself goals.

'I was helped by Macmillan in lots of different ways, not just physically. Firstly the website was clear and helpful, it wasn’t full of medical jargon but simple language for people like me. Secondly the leaflets were great; reading about cancer in general and chronic myeloid leukaemia in particular was really useful.

'Lastly, I spoke to your support line at a time that I was low and sad. The person I spoke to listened. I will be eternally grateful for that time.

'Being active is important to me and being outside brings absolute joy. So every other year I am going to do endurance events with my friends to raise money for Macmillan. In 2019, I with 14 other friends will be cycling the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’ Groats. In 2021, I will be doing a climbing challenge to raise money for Macmillan’.

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