Colin Hubball

My Name is Colin Hubball, back in June 2008, thanks to a knowledgeable GP I was diagnosed with PCa (prostate cancer) to say the least it is always a shock to hear the C word. What to do now, with very little, if any knowledge of the desease I had heard that a support group was operating in our area. Armed with leaflets from the hospital, and advice from the consultant and specialist nurse, we returned home to confuse ourself with an overload of information we did not fully understand.

A phone call to the chairman of our local group who talked to us in language we understood made things clearer and helped us to decide what treatment option may be suitable and explained the side effects of each. With the help of the group we made our mind up to go for Brachytherapy, which turned out to be fine for me.

I joined the group after treatment and to meet and talk with other men who had gone through the same trauma and come out the other side, certainly helped. I am now involved in 2 support groups and also I man the national helpline, passing on the information that I have aquired, and supporting men and their partners at a very low time of their lifes.

Bob Healey

My name is Bob Healey, I was diagnosed with Advanced Prostate cancer in 2007 the same year that I was due to retire. When I was told by my Urologist that I had Prostate Cancer both my wife and I felt the bottom had drop out of our world and I certainly thought I wouldn’t see that Christmas.

As with all people with a diagnosis like this we were then on a steep learning curve and when we found out about Prostate Cancer Support North West through their Helpline things began change especially when we paid a visit to our local support group in Oldham where we found a warm and friendly welcome and were given a great deal of help and support, which still carries on to this day.

John Lovatt

Approximately 10 years ago, with no obvious symptoms, just a very uneasy feeling with regard to my bladder, I visited my GP. He informed me that my prostate was as expected for a man of my age, I was 63 at the time.

Not being happy with this situation I asked to see a urology consultant at my local hospital and to my shock I was told that I had prostate cancer. My wife and I literally staggered out of the hospital in a complete daze, hearing the “C” word was enough, let alone what it might entail.

However, as we approached our car, we came across a man who we knew slightly, and seeing the look on our faces he asked what was wrong. We told him and he informed us that he was the chairman of the local prostate cancer support group and went on to explained all the various options that were available to us.

He reassured us that there would be a light at the end of what seemed to us a very dark tunnel. My wife and I decided to opt for a radical prostectomy and I had the operation some 9 years ago.

With support from my family I am now an active member of the local support group and I also take a turn on the National Prostate Cancer Helpline.

My wife and I help with our local group in any way we can and it is good to exchange news and views with other members.