The Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy service provides one-to-one support for adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, autism and older people who are affected by cancer. Bob is 92 years old, lives alone and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is Bob’s story:
“I was very low and depressed and worried …”
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer it knocked the stuffing out of me, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life as I had no symptoms. I first heard about the Cancer Advocacy service when I was looking for a doctor as my GP surgery at the time had closed down. I rang the Macmillan help line, which put me in contact with Sam, the manager of the service, who came out and saw me. I did need some help and the support offered eased the situation. I was very low and depressed and worried about not getting my medication for my cancer.
“It’s been wonderful having someone particularly like Dave to talk to and help me with things.”
Dave, my volunteer advocate, has been coming to see me since April 2017, going on for six months now. You don’t realise what it is like being on your own, loneliness is one of the worst things in the world. It’s nice to see him and we have a chat and he helps me. He came with me to my new GP for my first appointment. 110% I’d give the service. It’s been wonderful having someone particularly like Dave to talk to and help me with things.
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