Macmillan volunteer Vicky Stock, 34, tells Your Mac News about being a buddy at a support service in Worcestershire.
‘I was only 30 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and I felt quite alone. But seeing lots of information with Macmillan’s name on it made me realise there was lots of support out there once you knew where to look. The charity’s been there for me, which is why I wanted to give something back.
‘Recently I started volunteering at the Worcestershire Buddy Service. I’ve been teamed up with a younger woman and an older man who have cancer to offer them support. They’ve both seemed to really appreciate talking to someone who’s been through cancer themselves.
'Our group offers practical support too, like gardening or preparing a meal. Recently some of the volunteers helped look after a woman’s husband while she was having treatment, staying with him a couple of hours a day so she didn’t have to worry. I think these schemes are an excellent idea.
'I’m involved with Macmillan in lots of other ways too. I’ve given talks about working through cancer, collected cheques at fundraising events and raised money playing concerts with my band, the Blackwell concert band. I've also set up a support group.
'Being able to do something for Macmillan and feel I’m helping people is really rewarding. It helped me maintain a level of normality while I was going through chemo, too.
'I didn’t know many people of my age who’d had cancer at the start, but I’ve now met such a variety of people. We have similar emotional issues, despite having had different types of cancer. The loneliness is definitely not so bad now.'
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