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An ‘inspiring’ father from Guisborough has been living with cancer for over a decade and ‘living to the fullest’.

Steve Wilson has boldly shared his health journey by speaking of diagnosis, hospitalizations and his “very dark time” when he “sank like a rock”.

But the 53-year-old is now ready to help other people affected by cancer.

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Steve is currently living with stage three metastatic melanoma skin cancer after being given the heartbreaking diagnosis in 2010.

The father of two then took a second blow in 2017 when he found “a disturbing lump” the size of a marble in his crotch.

Doctors revealed that the condition had spread to his lymph nodes.

He said: “I know what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer and whether you realize it or not, it’s a traumatic experience, an experience that I initially recoiled from, resulting in the lowest period of my life when I was hospitalized with secondary cancer in 2017. and very bad.

“But the worst part was that I was psychologically on the run since my initial diagnosis.

“When things got worse in 2017, I was mentally totally unprepared, I sank like a stone and it led to a very dark time in the hospital, much worse than it should have been.

“That’s when I was first introduced to psychological coping strategies by Dr. Graham Dyson, part of the Macmillan team at the Trinity Holistic Center in James Cook, and slowly I started to turn a very important corner.”

Now a Macmillan support group for men with all types of cancer is being launched at the Trinity Holistic Center in The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

It will be led by volunteer Steve, who is married to wife Angie, and is living with secondary melanoma skin cancer.

Lyndsey Hoare is a volunteer and development manager for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust working with a team of dedicated volunteers and colleagues at James Cook’s Macmillan Information Centers and Friarage Hospital, Northallerton and the Trinity Holistic Center charity team.

‘Live to the fullest’

Lyndsey said: “By working closely with someone as inspiring as Steve, who is living with cancer and continuing to live his life to the fullest, we hope the new group will enable men to better manage their own cancer diagnosis.

“We want to provide a safe place for conversation and informal access to experts such as urologists, dieticians and psychologists who drop by from time to time.”

The group takes place once a month, the first Thursday with the scheduled Thursday, August 5 with a maximum of 12 people and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a safe environment.

Steve, father of daughters Erin, 18, and Abbie, 20, said: “I was incredibly lucky when my Macmillan nurse had said ‘always call me’ from my original diagnosis and I did, years later, in 2017 when I discovered a disturbing lump in my crotch the size of a marble.

“Within 24 hours, I got a fine needle biopsy that confirmed secondary skin cancer.

“I wouldn’t be here without the speed and professional guidance of my Macmillan nurse.”



Steve with his wife and two children
Steve with his wife and two children

The Guisborough man continued: “I was given a psychologist to talk to by Dr. Dyson, who introduced me to various mental health and wellness strategies and since then I’ve gotten stronger mentally, often doing my own research on what’s out there and I want to others to experience this.

“I believe there are many men who, like me, probably bottled up their fears when they were diagnosed and without realizing it, need reassurance and support.

“But it’s not one thing that works for everyone. It has to be molded around the individual. For me I did a lot of research myself because that’s what I like to do, but it’s different for everyone.”

Nicole Kirby, a Macmillan Engagement Lead, assisted Lyndsey and Steve in applying for a Macmillan Support Grant for the new group.

She said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support them with this grant as the South Tees Hospitals team, both volunteers and staff, are very committed.

“And I believe there is a definite need; one that takes advantage of Steve Wilson’s amazing enthusiasm for passing on his cancer experience and relies on South Tees’ extensive Macmillan support team and associated clinicians and health professionals.”

Support grants are available from Macmillan for cancer support groups; from a few hundred pounds to pay for the first room rent and drinks like this, to several thousand pounds if there is a demonstrable need and clear benefit for people living with cancer.

Contact Macmillan Information and Support at James Cook by calling 01642 835674 and Friarage on 01609 764033.

You can also email [email protected] or the Trinity Holistic Therapy and Support on 01642 854839 email: [email protected]

Anyone in need of cancer assistance should call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, which is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, or visit Macmillan’s Online Community.

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