Esther's Story

Listen to Esther's story about her experience of her partner's prostate cancer, how she's managing and the impact it's had on her life.

Ethnicity
White British
Work
Other (please specify)
Sexual Orientation
Straight
Geography
South East
Relationship status
In a relationship

Do you have any tips or advice that may help others support those who are going through treatment, including with any ongoing side effects?

Encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.
Remind them to not give in. David and I have a saying. His cancer may not be curable, but we are going to bruise our feet by giving it a damned good kick.
Squeeze every moment out of life. Always have something to look forward to.

Please tell us how their treatment impacted your life the most.

It has made David even more tired than usually. His cancer has started to resist the treatment and he is now under the care of our local hospice.

Thinking about your own wellbeing, what has helped you to cope, and where have you gone to find support? What tips and advice would you give to others?

I struggled at first to accept support. But then I acknowledged that I’m not super human. Prostate Cancer UK and Macmillan are fantastic. So, use them. Access your GP. Accept support from family - don’t be scared to ask them for help. It can be difficult, but remember to make some time for you. Counselling - I have counselling from the hospice and it really helps. Joining a support group. I belong to a support group for partners of men with Prostate Cancer. Joining it is the best thing I could have done as I can share both the good and the bad days with people that understand.

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