Giving hope to cancer sufferers
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE past eight years have been tough for Malcolm Eggins.
In 1997 he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and two years later he discovered he had aggressive prostate cancer.
At the time there was no support group in Grafton specifically for people with prostate cancer, so after visiting the Alstonville group, he and fellow sufferer Jim Wood decided to start one.
"I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but next thing there was a group," Mr Eggins, chairman of the support group, said.
Rotary helped the group in its fledgling stages, but it is now self-sufficient and plays an invaluable role in helping men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
And with a rising detection of prostate cancer in the region, such support groups are becoming more important.
The group provides information to men, as well as their wives, and is also a social meeting point to get together and talk about issues such as available treatments.
"When I was diagnosed I wasn't too well mentally, because I'd just been through such a difficult period," Mr Eggins said.
"A lot of men don't want to know about it and they shut their minds to it ... but having people there who are going through a similar thing to you really helps."