Gail on getting support

Gail sitting on her balcony
Gail sitting on her balcony

While Gail was in hospital for a month after surgery, her landlady tried to move her out of the flat. She’d been back a day when the bailiff called, informing her she had a week to move out. That’s where Macmillan came in.

‘They moved me. I didn’t have a washing machine that worked or a hot water heater. So we got all that through Macmillan.

Gail's story

When I was in hospital the first time, I was in there for a month. I got a call from my son and he was crying, ‘Mom, there’s somebody at the door and they’re trying to move into our house.’ We had been evicted when I was in hospital.

I still have a catheter strapped to my leg, and the bailiff’s at the door – ‘You’ve got to move.’ I said, ‘I just got out of the hospital. Look.’ I pulled my skirt up and showed him my catheter. I showed him the paperwork from the hospital because I hadn’t been there a day. He said, ‘Okay, but you’ve still got to go. I’ll give you a week.’ 

I had a week to get all my stuff out, and no money because I hadn’t worked in more than a month. But then Macmillan arrived. I didn’t have a washing machine that worked or hot water heater. So we got that through Macmillan. Obviously, hygiene is very important when you first come out of hospital.

That’s when Macmillan sent me help from the nurses. They came to have a look at my bandages.

I just relied on what Macmillan could offer me and anyone else who was willing to help.

The Macmillan nurses are fantastic. They’re really, really dedicated. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have someone like that to talk to.