Sharon on diagnosis

A woman with her hair tied back is sitting on her sofa smiling
A woman with her hair tied back is sitting on her sofa smiling

When Sharon was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma, she felt overwhelmed and had a lot of questions. She received support from the Macmillan helpline, and found leaflets from her local Macmillan information and support centre very helpful. She also received emotional support and advice on how to talk to her family about her cancer, as well as help with benefits.

I was very upset during the consultation appointment. I could hear her talking but I could not understand what she was saying. There was just too much for me to take in. Was I going to survive this? Who was going to look after my daughter who was 10 years old at the time?

We didn't know how to approach her and to explain to her that her mum had cancer. It's a very difficult subject to sit down and discuss with children. The Macmillan nurse on the telephone advised how to go telling my daughter about my cancer, and we read the Macmillan information with regards to cancer and explaining to children and young adults.

I was not aware of the massive impact cancer would have on my life financially, as well as emotionally. We went down to one wage. On top of the cancer I was really worried as the mortgage payments were behind. That was causing me a lot of stress. The Macmillan benefits advisors helped us to reduce our payments and put in place payment plans on most of our bills, to help ease the financial stress.

Since my diagnosis Macmillan have been a huge support to me. On numerous occasions I have telephoned the helpline to speak to a Macmillan nurse for advice. They have been a huge support to me at the start of my cancer journey during my cancer treatment and after my cancer treatment. It gives me great comfort to know that I can call Macmillan during their opening hours to speak to someone for advice or if I’m in distress. I have also many times popped into the Macmillan Centre for advice and to pick up some very informative booklets about melanoma, surgery, and also leaflets about the emotional side effects of cancer. I would really advise anybody that's going through a cancer diagnoses to contact Macmillan.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can help. Sign up for ongoing email support at www.macmillan.org.uk/diagnosis

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Sharon on her diagnosis

Sharon was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma, she explains how Macmillan supported her.

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Sharon on her diagnosis

Sharon was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma, she explains how Macmillan supported her.

Sign up for ongoing email support