I was shocked to be diagnosed with bowel cancer, as I’d had no symptoms or pain. I was told I’d need surgery to remove half my bowel.
I’m a widow and live on my own, so after the surgery my son came to give me a lift back to my flat. After I was discharged from the hospital, I was left to look after myself - I didn’t even get a wheelchair to get down to my son’s car. I wasn’t offered hospital transport or help to cover the cost of taxis to and from appointments.
When I got home the first week was awful. I lost a lot of weight as I couldn’t eat after the surgery. I couldn’t wash myself or clean the flat, which made me feel very depressed. I had no idea who to speak to for help, and no support when I needed it the most.
I had no idea who to speak to for help.