Wayne is a volunteer presenter for our ACTivate Your Life – Affected by Cancer support service. After being diagnosed and receiving treatment for bowel cancer in 2014, Wayne found that he was lacking in self-confidence and couldn’t control his thoughts.
ACTivate Your Life was the most powerful and useful tool he had at that time and now presents it to help others affected by cancer.
“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, on my 57th Birthday. A few weeks before I’d had a colonoscopy and several scans from which I was told to prepare for the worst. But I went through my cancer really quite well. I’d had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and major surgery which all went smoothly.
I was like the local hero; people could not believe how well I looked considering I had cancer. I went to work every day during my chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. After a short stay in hospital for an surgery I was back in work ten days later. But around18 months after the operation, my mental health went downhill very quickly.
In work, simple tasks were taking me longer than they would normally, a spreadsheet that would have a taken me 20 minutes took me four hours. I took a day off work because I really felt I needed it but I didn’t sleep all night and got up about 4am. I went out for a walk with the dog but when I got back home, I just sat on the kitchen floor and cried.
I’d done so well during my cancer but I was carrying that burden around with me. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to work.
I started looking for help but I was struggling to find medication that worked for me because I had issues as a result of my surgery. I was directed towards a course called ACTivate Your Life and of all the things I tried I found it to be the most powerful and useful. It taught me how to separate myself from my thoughts and how to manage the way I lived my life.
When I started the course, my self-confidence was so low I couldn’t even sit in the back row of chairs. I took one of the chairs and put it against the wall at the back of the room. The course helped me so much that I want to give something back and that’s why I’ve trained to be a course presenter with Tenovus Cancer Care.
I’ve gone from the guy sitting at the back of the room to the guy who’s going to be presenting the courses. I would encourage anyone who may be struggling as a result of cancer to join the ACTivate Your Life – Affected By Cancer course.”
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