I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. I can still remember how it felt to be told that I have cancer. Having been through chemotherapy and radiotherapy I am now leading a very full life. This experience has made me realise how precious life is and I do not waste a single day. I became chair of this group back in 2009 with the intention working with patients, carers and NHS professionals to improve the cancer services provided by all hospitals within the Trust.
My wife was a late diagnosis with bowel cancer that had spread. The diagnosis and emergency operation was very traumatic for us. I was her carer throughout her illness and treatment. I was invited to join the Cancer Services Partnership (CSP) in 2012 as a result of my attendance at a hospital organised carers convention. My wife and I felt that there were some aspects of our cancer journey with the hospital that could have been better. I continue to work with the CSP in the hope that I can make some contribution, no matter how small, to improving the experience of others, their carers and families, undergoing any treatment for cancer across the whole of the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.