A WOMAN who has twice battled back from breast cancer has turned the negative situations into positive ones by volunteering for Macmillan.
Vicky Stock who lives in Northfield and volunteers for Macmillan across Worcestershire was first diagnosed with the disease in 2009.
Then in 2011 she was told cancer had developed in her other breast.
Through her treatment, she has had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Tests have found Vicky has a rare gene which makes her more susceptible to several types of cancer.
Because of what she was faced with, she contacted Macmillan after being given information by a nurse following her first diagnosis.
She said: “I was impressed from the start with the wide range of support on offer including their online forums and the website.
“I was then keen to use my own experiences to help others.”
During her time with Macmillan, she has been involved with support groups, fund-raising and even acted as a local ambassador, delivering talks and attending events.
She also supports others through the Worcestershire Buddy Scheme which offers emotional support to those battling cancer who have been referred to the service.
Vicky said Macmillan offers a range of support to anyone diagnosed with cancer, including their families and friends.
“I think their ‘Not Alone’ campaign really reflects just how well they understand the needs of people who are facing a cancer diagnosis. I have gained a lot from my involvement with Macmillan.
“I feel part of a team and really valued by those I work with, I feel I am really making a difference and that inspires me.
“I had a horrible time of it myself with my diagnosis and having the opportunity to work with this amazing charity which does so much hard work to help people really means the world to me.”
Anyone with any concerns or wanting questions about breast cancer or any other type of cancer answered can visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm).