Fabrice's Story

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Fabrice's Story

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Volunteer Fabrice on his role
Fabrice.jpg.pngTo me, Macmillan @ Dennistoun Library is essential for the area and in particular for local people who are confronted with the big C. It is a point of information, help, meeting other people, support and a place to talk where you know you will get 100% attention during and after a tough, hard, challenging time. There is so much goodness from such a small place.

I became a Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Volunteer in May 2015 after I got better from my own cancer diagnosis in August 2010.

My aims and expectations were that if I could dedicate some of my time - having seen first-hand how the NHS staff had delivered a world class service to me from day one - the least I could do was to try to give back. Two and half year later I am even more convinced that all the people I volunteer with are doing a great and essential job.
I could see how relieved he was not to have to face cancer alone​

The most satisfying thing about volunteering is the knowledge that the person who asked you a specific question got a proper answer. Nothing more, nothing less.

Once, an older local man came along and he seemed so lost. He kept apologising for disturbing us - even though he wasn’t at all. After a we​e chat and one of my finest (legendary) cups of tea, he mentioned that he hadn't told his wife of nearly 50 years he had a cancer diagnosis. We sat, talked, spent some time in silence too, and he decided to go home and tell his family. He came back few weeks later with his wife and I could see how relieved he was not to have to face cancer alone. I don't know who invented the Macmillan motto that ‘no one should face cancer alone’ but it is so true.

You cannot place enough value on the 10 square metres that is our Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service. It is vital for the area as is the library. From youngsters to older people everybody can find something which will enrich them and help them to live with and beyond cancer.

The most unexpected thing about volunteering is how busy it can be and how dedicated the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Volunteers and team are. Without blowing my own trumpet, I feel so good to be part of such a great support service and it’s great to be giving back.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Volunteers are available in Dennistoun Library every Monday from 12.30 - 4.30pm and every Thursday from 10.30am - 2.30pm for anyone affected by cancer. Macmillan @ Dennistoun Library also hosts our partners Cancer Support Scotland​ who offer free counselling and complementary therapies before, during and after cancer treatment.​​ To find out more please contact us or drop-in for support, information or just to talk.
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