Before my cancer diagnosis we were comfortable. We had a house, savings and pension. We coped in the short-term due to my sick pay but I was worried about the long-term for my young family. I was told the cancer was terminal so I put everything in order so that Lynn, my wife, could pick up the finances when I died.
My treatment was at a specialist hospital 50 miles from home. This meant Lynn had to stay in a hotel overnight when visiting. I was in for eight weeks. We also had to buy a car which we hadn’t had before. So our pot of money was gradually going down.
My workplace was very understanding. They immediately gave me paid time off. Our financial worries only started when I was made redundant after a few years of recovery. I found a new job but wasn’t able to do it because I started having anxiety attacks.
Not only was I having anxiety attacks but also had the added pressure of declining financial resources. When the new job went it then came to a crisis level.
We reached out to the Macmillan centre and they put us in touch with a financial adviser. He advised us which benefits we could apply for and what chance we stood of receiving some help. Having an adviser took away some of the stress and worry out of the situation so that I could focus on recovery.
I was able to go back to work. Our financial situation is still not as it was but it is better and we have more stability. The thing that has been most helpful about Macmillan is the relationship we’ve developed with the team. It's a point of reference when everything else is changing or unstable. Now we know where to go when we need help.