If there’s ever a problem, I can pick up the phone and the Macmillan team is there. That’s the beauty of the support. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but at least you know it’s always there.
My wife got a lot of support from Macmillan, too. If they hadn’t been there for her, she wouldn’t have been able to support me, and I would’ve fallen even further.
There was a Macmillan nurse in the room at the time [when I was diagnosed], which was fantastic because it is an emotional time. You should never have to go through something like this on your own, and the Macmillan nurse, the surgeon and my wife were there for me.
The Macmillan team at the hospital was always there in the waiting room to chat to Jayne and my family, to give them emotional support. So I knew while I was having my treatment (and I was in there for about an hour-and-a-half each day) they weren’t sitting out there on their own. There was somebody there to talk to them and help them.
Macmillan is just such a fantastic support mechanism. The whole caring ethos is just fantastic. Cancer services in this country would be very different without Macmillan.
More and more people are surviving cancer, and it’s about making that survivorship a proper life rather than just an existence. That’s why access to people like Macmillan dietitians and speech therapists are so important – so that you can actually get on and still have a life.
The Macmillan team are like friends really. I feel honoured to have met them and be associated with them.