If you or a loved one has cancer, you may sometimes face issues that aren’t specifically related to your treatment, such as loneliness, money issues or difficulty completing everyday tasks such as housework or cooking.
For more than 30 years, we’ve been working in the community to support people with these needs. Whether it’s our information centres, benefits advisers, or social workers, Macmillan offers a wide range of support to help people with their personal, practical, financial and emotional wellbeing. And we’re also working closely with local authorities and signing up incredible volunteers so that we can be there for more people when they need us most.
Giving a listening ear
Samantha Meen, whose mum died of cancer shortly before she turned 18, is one of the many people Macmillan has supported in this way. Through Macmillan, Samantha was assigned a social worker, Sara, who provided emotional support and later helped Samantha find out about her legal rights.
Samantha says, ‘Becoming my mum’s carer started slowly, lending a hand with things like cooking and laundry. But before she died, I also began helping with other things, such as her personal care, medication and shopping.
It was just the two of us at home and so once a week, Sara would take me out for a few hours to give me a break from it all.’
Meeting every concern
‘In her will, my mum nominated a relative to become my guardian, but I didn’t want to move as I had a support network where I grew up. So Sara also arranged for me to see a solicitor, because I didn’t know about my legal rights at the time.
With her help, I was able to stay in my house for seven months before I turned 18, when I signed a tenancy for myself.’
Macmillan is here to help everyone affected by cancer – whether you’re a carer, loved one or have received a diagnosis.
You can find out about help in your area by calling the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00.
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