In January 2007 I got the official diagnosis of testicular cancer through the urology department at Bridgend which was a bit of a shock. By February I was having surgery to have a testicle removed. The operation was followed by one session of chemotherapy and later, three sessions of radiotherapy to make sure there weren’t any stray cancer cells.
Prior to the diagnosis I’d been working a temporary job in London and as there were no sickness benefits, I essentially landed myself a year of unemployment. Fortunately, on the advice of a friend, I’d taken out critical illness insurance and received a payment which went towards our mortgage.
The money we had was disappearing rapidly when a Tenovus Cancer Care Benefits Advisor came to see me in hospital, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The washing machine had broken the day before, and with a baby at home, it was an essential piece of kit in our house. It was one less thing to worry about.