After being diagnosed with throat cancer,
I needed to have radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The impact it had on my body was that I lost
a lot of weight. I lost four stone in total,
and none of my clothes could fit me. My swallowing
mechanisms were affected, my mouth became
dry, my saliva dried up. So the after effects
were quite severe. Macmillan came at a point
when I really needed their support. I was
assigned a dietician. Michelle was very understanding.
She knew the emotions that I was going through
in terms of my diet.
I work with the head and neck patients, so
we see patients who have finished their treatment
and just work through any symptoms they might
have as a consequence of the treatments. People
have a lot of anxiety about weight and weight
loss, when they’re coming through treatments.
It’s sort of trying to allay their fears
a little bit, and let them know that we are
here to support them, to make sure that they
are as healthy as they can be, they’re getting
all their nutritional requirements, getting
all the protein that they need to recover
from the treatment that they are having, so
that they can heal and have enough strength
to do the things that they need to do.Deanne:
Michelle you’re really knowledgeable in
what you do. You know exactly what I’m talking
about, and you know that, you know, if there’s
a problem there, I can come to you and say
look, I don’t like this texture, you’d
give me an alternative, and if that didn’t
work, you’d offer me another option. Thank
you so much.
Michelle: My pleasure.