Sharon's Story

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Sharon's Story

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries
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Hi, my name is Sharon and I finished the Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries training in May 2015 and subsequently volunteered in both Easterhouse and Barmulloch before joining the new service in Royston where I am now.

I first became aware of all the services Macmillan provide through picking up their booklets each time I visited the Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel Hospital before I went for my chemotherapy treatment at the Beatson.


Four years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer that had spread to my liver and the prognosis was not optimistic.

Myself, my family and my friends were devastated with this news and I was left feeling completely powerless. Having cancer made me feel like my whole life was being taken away from me.​

Having cancer made me feel like my whole life was being taken away from me.

During this time, I felt I needed a lot of continuous, positive mental support and I was lucky enough to have people around me to provide this. To reclaim some of my power, I accessed a lot of information from the Macmillan website and this is where I first found out about the service in Glasgow Libraries. I decided when my treatment finished, I would like to be part of the team, to be available for people going through the same as myself who needed to feel supported and informed.

Armed with all my information regarding keeping healthy during treatment through nutrition and a positive mental attitude, I kept very well and after an operation and a year of chemotherapy, I applied to join the Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries team.

I felt especially proud to be part of this innovative programme after one service user said I should do this full time as she could talk to me all day! It feels good simply to be able to listen and help.

For me Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries is giving people back some power after a cancer diagnosis by offering information and support that may not be available to them otherwise.






For me Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries is giving people back some power after a cancer diagnosis by offering information and support that may not be available to them otherwise.​

Against all the odds, after a recent scan, I was given a very unexpected `cancer free’ result! My doctor informs me I must have reacted extremely well to treatment. Beyond happy doesn´t come close to describing how I feel and makes me even more determined to make a difference by being part of the team providing a service to all those affected by cancer in Glasgow.


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