Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Volunteer Advocate Richard Rodgers shares his story

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Richard Rodgers Dorset Volunteer
Richard Rogers is a cancer survivor who has had the illness three times over the last ten years, but he is now using his own experiences to support people who have
been newly diagnosed. Richard, who lives in Blandford, says his priority is simply to listen and be led by the needs of his advocacy partner, something he has
learned from the special training he has received.
Richard himelf discovered he had lung cancer after a routine x-ray following a car accident. “I was given a 50/50 chance of survival, but it was caught very early,” he explains. “Since then, I have had bladder and skin cancer, but I have put my trust in the doctors that everything will turn out OK.” Richard has recently given valuable support to an elderly man recently diagnosed with lung cancer. “His family have told me that I did him the power of good,” Richard says. “He was very down and he thought his number was up. He had been in hospital for about five weeks, but he had had the same operation as me and I look the picture of health, so I think that gave him hope. He began to realise that it wasn’t all over and that he could get through it.” Richard also used his expertise as a former local government
employee to get the man, and his dog, rehoused, as his living conditions were unsuitable. “Advocacy work is very rewarding,” Richard believes. “Helping someone else gives you a real lift.” *For further information, please contact: Dorset Advocacy 01305 251033 http://www.dorsetadvocacy.co.uk or Help and Care 0300 111 3303 10am to 4.30pm http://www.helpandcare.org.uk.

This article was first published in the March 2013 issue of the Blackmore Vale Magazine.


Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

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