When I phoned Macmillan, I was in an emotional turmoil and just needed to talk to someone.
We talked about my cancer, my diagnosis and about the support that was available. It was lovely to have someone on the phone who would listen to all the things you’re sometimes afraid to say to the people closest to you. It helped me put things in perspective.
I guess for everyone with cancer, the thing they fear most is dying or suffering. Being able to talk to somebody who isn’t emotionally involved is sometimes easier than talking to the people you love. You know that’s going to hurt them.
After speaking with Macmillan, I felt a lot better, happier and more confident. It gave me the strength and resolve to talk to Prue, my partner, and my children about how I felt. That’s important. I think the people close to you need to know how you’re feeling, because no one can help you if they don’t.
Where would I be without Macmillan? I shudder to think. I don’t think I would have done all the things I’ve done this year, and all the things I’m planning to do, without them.