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Talking to Shirley could help you cope with the financial cost of cancer

Shirley blog pic (FINAL)Shirley Melly has been a Macmillan Welfare Benefits Adviser for over three years.

She explains how Macmillan grants and welfare benefits advice can help people cope with the financial pressures caused by cancer.

What sort of money worries can follow a cancer diagnosis?

Cancer just isn’t something people can plan or save for, and so many people who come to see me have nothing more to support them than statutory sick pay.

The reality is that when it comes to the cost of travelling to cancer treatment, eating healthy food to help you recover, or affording to put your heating on, £89 of statutory sick pay doesn’t go very far.

A lot of people who are of working age may also have young families to support, or mortgages still to pay.  Any loss of work income can leave them feeling like they simply can’t afford to be ill.

The emotional stress caused by money worries, at a time when many people are already at their most vulnerable, simply doesn’t bear thinking about.

It is a privilege to be able to play a part in relieving just some of it, either through welfare benefits advice, or providing individual Macmillan grants where needed.

What are the most common areas of Macmillan grant support?

There are the costs of getting to treatment.  Or the cost of new clothes because of the drastic changes in people’s weight or body shape that can follow it.

Macmillan grants are there to help people meet the wide range of urgent costs created by cancer.

Without a doubt, most people apply for a Macmillan grant to help them cover their heating bills.

While it might be more obvious during the winter – especially after the heavy snows we’ve recently had in Wales – people recovering from cancer treatment can often feel the cold all year round.

I can’t think of anything worse.

Imagine trying to recover from the pain of surgery, chemo or radiotherapy – all while shivering at home because you are too worried about money to put the heating on for just a little bit of physical comfort.

How can people who need support get in touch?

I work alongside various clinics in the Macmillan Chemotherapy Unit at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr, but there will be someone like me in your area of Wales as well.

Most people come to me after being referred by other health professionals – it is so important that people with cancer are made aware of what we can do to help them.

I would recommend that anyone with cancer asks for financial advice as early as possible.  Your health professional should be able to help you.

People can also find their local benefits advisers by visiting the ‘in my area’ of macmillan.org.uk.

MCS_Grants infographic_Wales_English_awWhat level of support can you offer people affected by cancer?

Our welfare benefits advice service is free and confidential not only for people with cancer, but also their families.

Most people diagnosed with cancer have never applied for benefits.  They don’t know where to start when it comes to the benefits they are entitled to because of their illness.

The welfare benefits system is also becoming increasingly complex, so we are here to help people affected by cancer to navigate it.

Everyone who comes to us has different needs, and we can advise and assist with applications on a wide range of health-related welfare benefits.

I can help people apply for things like Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits.

We also cover all means-tested benefits such as Housing and Council Tax Benefit, Guarantee Pension Credit, Income Support and Universal Credit.

There really should be no stigma or shame about asking for help.

Cancer can have a huge impact on people’s finances and we are here to help people find out what support they are entitled to.

What advice would you give someone affected by cancer?

Whether you think you qualify or not, my advice would always be to get in touch with a Macmillan adviser.

I would also say that the earlier you get in touch the better.

For most people, once they come to terms with their diagnosis, money quickly becomes the next biggest worry.

If left unmanaged financial pressures can build up quickly, and the stress it causes does nothing to improve people’s recovery or quality of life.

We are always here.  We’ll be with you throughout the entire process.

If you need financial support please visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk where you can search for your local welfare benefits services, or call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

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Gallai siarad â Shirley eich helpu i ymdopi â chost ariannol canser

Shirley blog pic (FINAL)Mae Shirley Melly wedi bod yn Gynghorydd Budd-daliadau Lles Macmillan ers dros dair blynedd.

Yma, mae’n egluro sut y gall cyngor grantiau a budd-daliadau lles Macmillan helpu pobl i ymdopi â’r pwysau ariannol y mae canser yn ei achosi.

Pa fath o bryderon ariannol all ddod yn sgil diagnosis o ganser?

Dyw canser ddim yn rhywbeth y gall pobl gynllunio neu gynilo ar ei gyfer, a does gan lawer iawn o’r bobl sy’n dod i’m gweld ddim mwy na thâl salwch statudol i’w cynorthwyo.

Pan fo angen talu costau teithio ar gyfer eich triniaeth am ganser, bwyta bwyd iach i’ch helpu i wella, neu fforddio rhoi’r gwres ymlaen, y gwirionedd syml yw nad yw £89 o dâl salwch statudol yn mynd yn bell iawn.

Mae’n bosibl hefyd y bydd gan lawer o bobl sydd o oedran gweithio deuluoedd ifanc i’w cefnogi, neu forgeisi i’w talu. Gall colli unrhyw incwm gwaith beri iddynt deimlo na allant, yn syml iawn, fforddio bod yn sâl.

Mae’n hynod o ddigalon meddwl am y straen emosiynol y mae pryderon ariannol yn ei achosi, ar adeg pan mae llawer o bobl eisoes ar eu mwyaf bregus.

Mae’n fraint gallu chwarae fy rhan i leddfu rhywfaint ar hynny, boed drwy roi cyngor ar fudd-daliadau lles neu drwy ddarparu grantiau Macmillan unigol lle bo angen.

Beth yw’r meysydd mwyaf cyffredin y darperir cymorth grant Macmillan ar eu cyfer?

Ceir costau ynghlwm â chyrraedd y man lle rydych yn cael triniaeth. Neu gost dillad newydd oherwydd y newidiadau sylweddol y gall y driniaeth honno eu hachosi i bwysau neu siâp y corff.

Mae grantiau Macmillan yno i gynorthwyo pobl i dalu’r ystod eang o gostau brys y mae canser yn eu hachosi.

Yn ddi-os, mae’r rhan fwyaf o bobl yn gwneud cais am grant Macmillan er mwyn eu cynorthwyo i dalu eu biliau gwresogi.

Er y gall fod yn fwy amlwg yn ystod y gaeaf – ac yn enwedig wedi’r eira trwm a gawsom yn ddiweddar yng Nghymru – gall pobl sy’n gwella o driniaeth am ganser yn aml deimlo’n oer trwy gydol y flwyddyn.

Allaf fi ddim meddwl am unrhyw beth gwaeth.

Dychmygwch geisio gwella o boen llawdriniaeth, cemo neu radiotherapi – a chithau’n rhynnu gartref oherwydd eich bod chi’n pryderu gormod am arian i allu rhoi’r gwres ymlaen er mwyn cael tipyn o gysur corfforol.

Sut gall pobl sydd angen cymorth gysylltu?

Rydw i’n gweithio ochr yn ochr ag amrywiol glinigau yn Uned Gemotherapi Macmillan yn Ysbyty’r Tywysog Siarl ym Merthyr, ond bydd yna rywun fel fi yn eich ardal chithau o Gymru hefyd.

Daw’r rhan fwyaf o bobl ataf wedi iddynt gael eu cyfeirio gan weithwyr iechyd proffesiynol eraill – mae’n bwysig iawn fod pobl â chanser yn cael gwybod beth y gallwn ei wneud i’w cynorthwyo.

Byddwn i’n argymell i unrhyw un sydd â chanser ofyn am gymorth ariannol cyn gynted â phosibl. Dylai eich gweithiwr iechyd proffesiynol allu eich helpu.

Gall pobl hefyd ganfod eu cynghorwyr budd-daliadau lleol drwy fynd i’r adran ‘in my area’ ar macmillan.org.uk.

MCS_Grants infographic_Wales_Welsh_awPa lefel o gymorth allwch chi ei rhoi i bobl y mae canser yn effeithio arnynt?

Mae ein gwasanaeth cyngor budd-daliadau lles am ddim ac yn gyfrinachol, ac mae ar gael nid yn unig i bobl sydd â chanser, ond i’w teuluoedd hefyd.

Dyw’r rhan fwyaf o bobl sy’n cael diagnosis o ganser erioed wedi gwneud cais am fudd-daliadau. Ni wyddant sut i fynd ati i wneud cais am y budd-daliadau y maent yn gymwys i’w derbyn oherwydd eu salwch.

Mae’r system budd-daliadau lles yn datblygu i fod yn fwyfwy cymhleth hefyd, felly rydyn ni yma i gynorthwyo pobl y mae canser yn effeithio arnynt i ymwneud â’r system.

Mae gan bawb sy’n dod atom anghenion gwahanol, a gallwn gynghori a chynorthwyo â cheisiadau am ystod eang o fudd-daliadau lles sy’n ymwneud ag iechyd.

Gallaf helpu pobl i wneud cais am bethau fel y Lwfans Cyflogaeth a Chymorth, y Taliad Annibyniaeth Personol, y Lwfans Gweini a’r Budd-dal Anabledd Anafiadau Diwydiannol.

Rydym hefyd yn cwmpasu’r holl fudd-daliadau sy’n ddibynnol ar brawf modd, megis Budd-dal Tai a’r Dreth Gyngor, Gwarant Credyd Pensiwn, Cymhorthdal Incwm a’r Credyd Cynhwysol.

Ni ddylai pobl deimlo unrhyw stigma na chywilydd wrth ofyn am gymorth.

Gall canser gael effaith aruthrol ar sefyllfa ariannol pobl ac rydym ni yma i helpu pobl ddarganfod pa gymorth y mae ganddynt hawl i’w gael.

Pa gyngor fyddech chi’n ei roi i rywun y mae canser yn effeithio arno?

Boed chi’n meddwl eich bod yn gymwys ai peidio, fy nghyngor i yw y dylech wastad gysylltu â chynghorydd Macmillan.

Byddwn hefyd yn dweud mai gorau po gyntaf y cysylltwch.

I’r rhan fwyaf o bobl, wedi iddynt ddod i delerau â’u diagnosis, eu pryder mawr nesaf, a hynny mewn dim o dro, fydd arian.

Os na chânt eu rheoli, gall pwysau ariannol gynyddu’n sydyn, gan achosi straen nad yw’n ddim lles o ran gwella adferiad pobl neu ansawdd eu bywydau.

Rydym ni wastad yma, a byddwn gyda chi drwy gydol y broses.

Os oes arnoch angen cymorth ariannol ewch i http://www.macmillan.org.uk, lle gallwch chwilio am eich gwasanaethau budd-daliadau lles lleol, neu ffoniwch Linell Gymorth Macmillan ar 0808 808 00 00.

“understanding your cancer care is just so important – it’s a way of taking control”

Helen blog pic 2Helen Thomas was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

As Macmillan Wales launches a new ‘Your Cancer Care’ tool, Helen explains how important it is to feel fully informed about your care and diagnosis.

On receiving a cancer diagnosis

It took several visits to my GP before I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

At first, I was told there was no reason to worry, but I trusted my instincts and asked to be referred.

I still remember the day.  There didn’t seem to be any great concern, I was relaxed, so I went to my consultant appointment on my own.

I found out that I had cancer with no-one around to support me.  It was the most difficult thing.

Thoughts on cancer care

I’ve experienced both sides of the coin.

After my initial diagnosis, I met an exceptional clinical nurse specialist from Macmillan.  She supported me, and left no stone unturned.  The care my family and I received was outstanding.

I felt truly safe in her care.

It didn’t stay that way.  I needed further treatment, my care was transferred and my experience was just not as positive or reassuring.

Yes, people were professional and caring, but there were just so many times that I felt left alone to sort things out for myself.

It was easy to start feeling like you were part of a process, a procedure rather than a person.

I saw different people at every appointment, I couldn’t identify which person I should turn to with my worries, and I had no formal care plan to help me understand what would happen next.

I certainly wasn’t made aware of the different kinds of support that could have been made available, like financial advice or counselling.

I desperately needed some of that support further down the line, but I had no idea how to access it.

It was a real gap in my care.

Shaping ‘Your Cancer Care in Wales’

I know just how important it is to understand your cancer diagnosis and care.

The worries I had through my cancer experience were much wider than just medical.  I worried about family, work, money – my emotions were all over the place.

If you at least understand your diagnosis, and are aware of the support that is available, then you can feel like you have some control over it all.

When Macmillan Wales asked me for my views on a new resource to help people understand their cancer care, I was more than happy to help shape it with some of my own experiences.

I hope the ‘Your Cancer Care in Wales’ resource will help people to understand their care, and to know what questions to ask to make sure they get the support they need.

I know I would have appreciated some of the advice the new tool contains.

I hope others can take some comfort from it now.

‘Your Cancer Care in Wales’ is available from:

www.macmillan.org.uk/cancercarewales

“mae hi mor bwysig eich bod chi’n deall eich gofal canser – mae’n fodd o reoli’r sefyllfa”

Helen blog pic 2Cafodd Helen Thomas ddiagnosis o ganser y fron yn 2013.

Wrth i Macmillan Cymru lansio adnodd newydd ‘Eich Gofal Canser’, mae Helen yn esbonio pa mor bwysig yw hi i deimlo bod gennych yr holl wybodaeth y mae arnoch ei hangen am eich gofal a’ch diagnosis.

Cael diagnosis o ganser

Bu’n rhaid imi ymweld â’r meddyg teulu sawl gwaith cyn cael y diagnosis o ganser y fron.

Ar y cychwyn, fe ddywedwyd wrthyf nad oedd rheswm imi bryderu, ond dilynais fy ngreddf a gofyn am gael fy atgyfeirio.

Rwy’n dal i gofio’r diwrnod hwnnw. Doedd dim pryder mawr, yn ôl pob golwg, ac roeddwn i’n teimlo’n eithaf ymlaciedig, felly fe es i’r apwyntiad gyda’r ymgynghorydd ar fy mhen fy hun.

Ces wybod bod gen i ganser heb neb o’m cwmpas i’m cefnogi. Dyna oedd y peth anoddaf.

Ei barn am ofal canser

Rwyf wedi cael profiad o’r naill ochr a’r llall.

Wedi fy niagnosis cychwynnol, cwrddais â nyrs glinigol arbenigol o Macmillan, ac roedd hi’n eithriadol. Bu’n gefn imi, ac yn hynod o drylwyr. Roedd y gofal a gafodd fy nheulu a finnau yn rhagorol.

Roeddwn i’n teimlo’n wirioneddol ddiogel yn ei gofal hi.

Ond nid felly y bu pethau wedyn. Roedd arna i angen rhagor o driniaeth, cafodd fy ngofal ei drosglwyddo a doedd fy mhrofiad i wedyn ddim mor gadarnhaol nac yn tawelu fy meddwl i’r un graddau.

Oedd, roedd pawb yn broffesiynol ac yn ofalgar, ond ar lawer iawn o adegau roeddwn i’n teimlo fy mod i wedi cael fy ngadael ar fy mhen fy hun i roi trefn ar bethau.

Peth rhwydd iawn oedd dechrau teimlo fel eich bod chi’n rhan o broses, o weithdrefn, yn hytrach nag yn berson.

Roeddwn i’n gweld gwahanol bobl ym mhob apwyntiad, wyddwn i ddim at bwy y dylwn i droi i leisio fy mhryderon, a doedd gen i ddim cynllun gofal ffurfiol i’m cynorthwyo i ddeall beth fyddai’n digwydd nesaf.

Chefais i’n sicr ddim gwybod am y gwahanol fathau o gymorth y gellid bod wedi eu darparu, megis cyngor ariannol, neu gwnsela.

Yn nes ymlaen, roedd taer angen peth o’r cymorth hwnnw arnaf, ond doedd gen i ddim syniad sut i gael gafael arno.

Roedd yn fwlch gwirioneddol yn fy ngofal i.

Siapio ‘Eich Gofal Canser yng Nghymru’  

Gwn yn union pa mor bwysig yw hi eich bod chi’n deall eich diagnosis o ganser a’ch gofal.

Roedd y pryderon oedd gennyf trwy gydol fy mhrofiad o ganser yn llawer ehangach na dim ond pryderon meddygol. Roeddwn i’n poeni am deulu, gwaith, arian – roedd fy emosiynau i’n gymysg i gyd.

Os ydych chi’n deall eich diagnosis, ac yn ymwybodol o’r gefnogaeth sydd ar gael, o leiaf wedyn byddwch yn teimlo fel bod gennych rywfaint o reolaeth dros y cyfan.

Pan ofynnodd Macmillan Cymru imi am fy safbwyntiau ar adnodd newydd i helpu pobl i ddeall eu gofal canser, roeddwn i’n fwy na pharod i helpu i’w siapio ar sail rhai o’m profiadau fy hun.

Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd yr adnodd ‘Eich Gofal Canser yng Nghymru’ yn helpu pobl i ddeall eu gofal, ac i wybod pa gwestiynau i’w gofyn er mwyn sicrhau eu bod yn cael y cymorth y mae arnynt ei angen.

Gwn y byddwn i wedi gwerthfawrogi peth o’r cyngor a geir yn yr adnodd newydd hwn.

Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd yn rhywfaint o gysur i bobl eraill o hyn ymlaen.

Mae ‘Eich Gofal Canser yng Nghymru’ ar gael o: 

www.macmillan.org.uk/gofalcansercymru

Q & A with Macmillan volunteer Paula Randell

Volunteer Paula Randell is the driving force behind the new Presteigne Macmillan drop-in sessions. We asked Paula to tell us about her hopes for the drop-in sessions.

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Where and when are the drop-in sessions?

The Presteigne Macmillan drop-in sessions are held at Presteigne Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD,

Our very First one to be held on Monday 8th May 2017 then every second Monday of the month after that.

They run from 9am to 11am.

What can people expect when they come to the Presteigne drop-in sessions?

People attending the drop-in session should expect to be greeted with a friendly face and welcomed into a safe, warm environment. Someone will be ready to listen to any questions or concerns and a chance to have a cuppa and meet others in similar situations.

Why did you set it up the drop-in sessions?

I set up this drop-in session because I think there is a big hole in communication between diagnosis and treatment which needs filling, especially in our area on the border.

What do you think are the challenges for people living in rural Wales to accessing cancer information and support?

Living on the border is difficult because everyone gets diagnosed in Hereford or out of Wales. This leads to patients being sent home with a diagnosis without their doctor knowing at times, and not being aware of support available in Wales, as they were diagnosed somewhere else – leaving people feeling lost.

You are a very active fundraiser for Macmillan, tell us some of the activities that you have been involved with?

I started by doing the World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings, I was so impressed with how the event was organised. Then after a few years and with the Macmillan family being so friendly, I started to review hospital booklets at home.

Then I saw the Brave to Shave campaign and I thought !I can do that!” – and so I did! The support and reaction locally was amazing, I found I was helping people in a whole new way. I have recently done the new Murder Mystery night which was brilliant fun.

I found that people have started to seek me out for information so thought I’d make it easier with a regular drop in session.

Any future fundraising plans?

My future plans are to be open minded and just see what catches my eye next, though I am attending the volunteers conference soon so there will be loads of ideas coming up.

You are a great supporter of Macmillan Cymru Wales.  What is your cancer experience?

My cancer experience is probably pretty average. My grandparents had cancer, and my old friend in school lost her dad, but personally I wasn’t necessary directly effected until after I started volunteering.

Since then I have got close to many people with cancer, including my father in law and a great friend, Mick. I’m very sorry we lost both of these amazing people at the end of last year.

But this all fuels my energy to do more!

Thanks to Paula for chatting with us. Good luck with the drop-in sessions!

If you’re seeking information about cancer or just want a chat, pop in and say hello, then please come to the Macmillan Presteign drop-in sessions.  There is a wide range of leaflets offering practical information and support and it’s also a great opportunity to find out how you can support local fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

If Paula has inspired you to volunteer for Macmillan, find out more on our website: https://volunteering.macmillan.org.uk

If you have any questions about cancer talk to our Support Line on 0808 808 0000 (open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm) or visit our website www.macmillan.org.uk for information and support.

Sesiwn Holi ac Ateb gyda Paula Randell

Y wirfoddolwraig, Paula Randell, yw’r grym y tu ôl i sesiynau galw heibio newydd

Macmillan Llanandras. Gofynasom i Paula ddweud mwy wrthym am ei gobeithion ar gyfer y sesiynau rheolaidd.

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Ble a phryd mae’r sesiynau galw heibio?

Cynhelir sesiynau galw heibio Macmillan yn Ystafelloedd Ymgynnull Llanandras, Y Stryd Fawr, Llanandras, Powys, LD8 2AD,

Cynhelir y sesiwn Gyntaf ar ddydd Llun 8 Mai 2017 ac yna bob ail ddydd Llun y Mis wedi hynny.

Fe’u cynhelir o 9am i 11am.

Beth gall bobl ei ddisgwyl pan fyddant yn dod i sesiynau galw heibio Llanandras?

Dylai pobl sy’n mynychu’r sesiwn galw heibio ddisgwyl cael eu cyfarch gan wyneb cyfeillgar a’u croesawu i amgylchedd cynnes a diogel. Bydd rhywun yn barod i wrando ar unrhyw gwestiynau neu bryderon a bydd cyfle am baned ac i gyfarfod â phobl eraill mewn sefyllfaoedd tebyg.

Pam wnaethoch chi sefydlu’r sesiwn galw heibio?

Sefydlais y sesiwn galw heibio yma am fy mod yn credu bod bwlch mawr o ran cyfathrebu rhwng diagnosis a thriniaeth ac mae angen ei lenwi, yn arbennig yn ein hardal ni ar y ffin.

Mae byw ar y ffin yn anodd am fod pawb yn cael diagnosis yn Henffordd, sydd y tu allan i Gymru. Mae hyn yn arwain at gleifion yn cael eu hanfon adref heb i’w meddyg wybod ar adegau, a heb fod yn ymwybodol o’r gefnogaeth sydd ar gael yng Nghymru, am iddynt gael diagnosis rywle arall – sydd yn gadael pobl yn teimlo ar goll.

Rydych yn flaenllaw iawn yn codi arian ar gyfer Macmillan. Dywedwch wrthym am rai o’r gweithgareddau yr ydych wedi bod yn rhan ohonynt?

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Paula Randell

Dechreuais drwy wneud Boreau Coffi Mwya’r Byd. Roedd y digwyddiad yn cael ei drefnu’n rhagorol. Yna, ar ôl ychydig flynyddoedd, a chan fod teulu Macmillan mor gyfeillgar, dechreuais adolygu llyfrynnau ysbyty gartref.

Yna gwelais ymgyrch Brave to Shave a meddyliais ‘alla i wneud hynny’ a dyna wnes i. Roedd y gefnogaeth a’r ymateb yn lleol yn anhygoel. Canfyddais fy mod yn helpu pobl mewn ffordd hollol newydd. Yn ddiweddar, gwnes i’r noson Dirgelwch Llofruddiaeth newydd oedd yn llawer o hwyl.

Canfyddais fod pobl wedi dechrau chwilio amdanaf am wybodaeth felly roeddwn yn credu y byddai’n haws gyda sesiwn galw heibio reolaidd.

Unrhyw gynlluniau i godi arian yn y dyfodol?

Mae fy nghynlluniau i’r dyfodol yn benagored ac rwy’n aros i weld beth fydd yn dal fy llygaid nesaf, er fy mod yn mynychu’r gynhadledd i wirfoddolwyr cyn bo hir felly bydd llawer iawn o syniadau yn dod i’r amlwg.

Rydych yn gefnogwr gwych i Macmillan Cymru. Beth yw eich profiad o ganser?

Mae fy mhrofiad o ganser yn eithaf arferol siŵr o fod. Cafodd fy mam-gu a fy nhad-cu ganser, a chollodd fy hen ffrind ysgol ei thad, ond yn bersonol ni chefais fy effeithio’n uniongyrchol nes i mi ddechrau gwirfoddoli.

Ers hynny, rwyf wedi dod yn agos at lawer o bobl â chanser, yn cynnwys fy nhad yng nghyfraith a ffrind agos, Mick. Rwy’n flin iawn i ddweud i ni golli’r ddau berson anhygoel y llynedd.

Ond mae hyn yn fy ysgogi i wneud mwy!

Os ydych yn chwilio am wybodaeth am ganser neu eisiau sgwrs neu alw heibio i ddweud helo, yna dewch i sesiynau galw heibio Macmillan Llanandras. Mae ystod eang o daflenni ar gael yn rhoi gwybodaeth a chymorth ymarferol ac mae hefyd yn gyfle gwych i ganfod sut y gallwch gefnogi gwaith codi arian lleol ar gyfer Cymorth Canser Macmillan.

Os yw Paula wedi eich ysbrydoli i wirfoddoli ar gyfer Macmillan, gallwch ganfod mwy ar ein gwefan: https://volunteering.macmillan.org.uk/

Am wybodaeth neu gefnogaeth gan Macmillan, ffoniwch Linell Gymorth Macmillan am ddim ar 0808 808 00 0 (Llun – Gwener, 9.00a.m.-8p.m) neu ewch i wefan www.macmillan.org.uk.

Dylunydd Gerddi Sarah Wilson ar greu man ‘hamddenol a myfyriol’ i Macmillan

Y Dylunydd Gerddi, Sarah Wilson, yw’r gallu creadigol y tu ôl i Ardd Gymynroddion Macmillan.  Fe wnaethom ofyn i Sarah ddweud ychydig wrthym am yr ysbrydoliaeth y tu ôl i ddyluniad ei gardd a heriau ymarferol adeiladu gardd arddangos.

Dylunydd Gerddi, Sarah Wilson

Dylunydd Gerddi, Sarah Wilson

Gallwch ymweld â Gardd Gymynroddion Macmillan yn Sioe Flodau RHS Caerdydd rhwng Dydd Gwener 7 a Dydd Sul 9 Ebrill 2017.

Beth yw heriau dylunio gardd ar gyfer Cymorth Canser Macmillan?

Mae’r heriau yr un peth i bob gardd arddangos; cyflwyno gardd brydferth ar amser ac o fewn y gyllideb!

Ond gyda’r Ardd Gymynroddion, roedd yn hanfodol fy mod yn bodloni’r cyfarwyddyd o greu gardd sy’n cysylltu’n ôl i gysyniad canolog Cymynroddion.

Cymerodd amser i ganfod sut y gellid archwilio’r thema trwy bob agwedd ar yr ardd ond rwy’n teimlo’n hapus y bydd ymwelwyr â’r ardd yn gallu cysylltu’r ardd â’r cysyniad a bydd yn annog pobl, gobeithio, i feddwl am eu cymynroddion eu hunain.

Beth ydych eisiau i bobl deimlo pan fyddant yn dod i’r ardd?

Quote - The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under show shade you do not expect to sit.

Dyluniais yr ardd i fod yn ofod hamddenol a myfyriol. Mae’r dyfyniad sy’n mynd i’r afael â’r syniad o’r hyn yr ydych yn ei adael ar ôl unwaith y byddwch wedi mynd yn ganolog i’r ardd a thrwy ei ddarllen, gobeithio bydd pobl yn cymryd eiliad i ystyried yr ystyr y tu ôl i’r dyfyniad.

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Dyluniad Sarah Wilson o’r ardd. Mae’r ardd yn cysylltu â’r cysyniad o gymynroddion.

Dywedwch ychydig wrthym am y cerflun sydd yng nghanol yr ardd?

Y cerflun yw’r nodwedd ganolog gyda gweddill yr ardd yn treiddio ohono. Mae’r dyfyniad wedi ei argraffu o amgylch y cerflun ac er mwyn adlewyrchu’r teimlad yn y dyfyniad, mae’r ardd yn llythrennol yn ymestyn o’r fan hon mewn cylchoedd i gyfleu effaith crychau. Mae’r crychau’n cynrychioli canlyniadau pellgyrhaeddol gweithredoedd y presennol sydd yn bodoli hyd yn oed pan na fydd person yma bellach.

Beth mae creu gardd ar gyfer Sioe Flodau RHS yng Nghaerdydd yn ei olygu? Pwy arall sydd yn gysylltiedig?

Caiff yr ardd ei chreu gan dîm cyfan o bobl gan ddechrau gyda’r rheiny ym Macmillan a wnaeth yr holl beth yn bosibl. Bydd fy nhirlunwyr gweithgar, Smartscape, yn adeiladu’r ardd ac mae gennyf ystod o feithrinfeydd rhagorol fydd yn darparu planhigion.

Mae’r deunyddiau wedi cael eu rhoi yn gyfan gwbl neu’n rhannol gan Selco a Kinley Systems yn y drefn honno a rhoddwyd y fainc trwy garedigrwydd The Garden Furniture Centre.

Heb waith caled a charedigrwydd y cwmnïau hyn, ni fyddai’r ardd wedi cael ei chreu felly rwy’n hynod ddiolchgar i bawb sydd yn gysylltiedig.

Faint o amser fydd hi’n cymryd i osod Gardd Gymynroddion Macmillan?

Bydd yr ardd yn cymryd tua naw diwrnod i’w chwblhau.

Dywedwch rywbeth wrthym am y ffordd y gwnaethoch ddechrau dylunio gerddi?

Dechreuais ddylunio gerddi ar ôl newid gyrfa i arddwriaeth tua wyth mlynedd yn ôl. Roeddwn yn treulio’r rhan fwyaf o’m hamser yn gofalu am erddi yr oedd pobl eraill wedi eu dylunio a phenderfynais y byddwn yn hoffi dylunio mannau fy hun. Fy nod yw creu gerddi sy’n gweithio i bobl lle gall eu syniadau ddod yn fyw.

A oes gennych unrhyw gysylltiadau â Chymru?

Treuliais wythnos anhygoel mewn lle o’r enw Stout Hall ar Benrhyn Gŵyr pan oeddwn yn yr ysgol. Aethom ar deithiau o amgylch yr ardal a threulio amser yn yr awyr agored a syrthiais mewn cariad â Chymru o ganlyniad i hynny.

Gallwch ganfod mwy am Ardd Gymynroddion Macmillan ar wefan Sioe Flodau RHS Caerdydd.

Mae rhoddion mewn ewyllys yn ffordd anhygoel o barhau i gefnogi Macmillan i’r dyfodol.  Os hoffech wybod mwy ewch i’n gwefan.

“the financial impact of cancer is massive”

Meinir Siencyn was just 35 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Today, as we publish our No Small Change report, Meinir explains the huge financial impact that cancer can have on people’s lives.

Hearing the news

I was in New Zealand when I first found a lump.

We were in our little van.  My partner and I love extreme sports and we were having a great time just travelling around, trying everything.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my return to the UK.

I was 35, fit, healthy and fresh from my travels.  The shock of hearing that I had breast cancer stopped me in my tracks.

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In trying to come to terms with my diagnosis, my finances were one of the very first things I worried about.

I knew I would face months of chemotherapy followed by surgery and radiotherapy.

Straight away I found myself panicking, and thinking ‘oh my God, I can’t work’.

As a freelance camera-woman the kit I carry around is huge, the hours are long and the travel is constant.  I knew early on that I simply couldn’t keep up with the physical demands of the job.

Eventually I had to cancel the contracts I had worked so hard to line up, and I ended up taking almost a year off work with my treatment and recovery.

I lost my source of income.

Money worries

Money might not be the first thing to come to mind when people think about cancer, but the impact my illness had on my finances was massive.

When you are living with cancer, there are still mortgage payments to be met, food and clothing to buy, cars to keep on the road and gas or electricity bills to pay.

At one point, the stress and anxiety caused by the financial side of things seemed to outweigh even the worry about cancer itself.

You have pounds-and-pence constantly playing on your mind at a time when you already feel mentally and physically exhausted from your treatment.

There is nothing worse than trying to work out how you are going to keep a roof over your head, or afford to get to your next treatment, at the same time you are coming to terms with your illness.

Finding support

My friends and family were lifesavers.  My mother helped with my mortgage payments. Friends brought round food and care parcels.  I don’t know what I would have done without them.

I also received support from Macmillan.

Through their information and support centre which was based where I received my treatment, I was referred to Macmillan’s welfare and benefits advice service.

It immediately helped relieve some of the pressure. I was even given a grant which I used to insure my partner Emyr on my car so he could drive me to my hospital appointments.

Macmillan also helped me apply for Employment Support Allowance. I received £200 every two weeks which helped make a welcome dent in my outgoings.

The fact is there is no good time to receive a cancer diagnosis. Nothing could be more unwelcome, or less easy to predict.

At 35 I simply hadn’t budgeted for losing my ability to work.

Even now, years after my diagnosis and treatment, I’m working crazy hours to rebuild my finances.

Advice

For anyone with by cancer, I would tell them to seek financial advice as soon as they can.

There is support available through Macmillan. They can help take some of pressure off and allow you to focus on your recovery.

To find out more visit macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries.

“Mae effaith ariannol canser yn aruthrol”

Dim ond 35 oed oedd Meinir Siencyn pan gafodd hi ddiagnosis o ganser y fron.

Heddiw, wrth i ni gyhoeddi ein hadroddiad No Small Change, mae Meinir yn egluro’r effaith ariannol syfrdanol y gall canser ei gael ar fywydau pobl.

Clywed y newyddion

Yn Seland Newydd oeddwn i pan ddes i o hyd i’r lwmp y tro cyntaf.

Ro’n ni yn ein fan fach. Mae fy mhartner a fi wrth ein boddau efo chwaraeon eithafol, a ro’n ni’n cael amser gwych yn teithio o gwmpas ac yn rhoi cynnig ar bob dim.

Mi ges i ddiagnosis o ganser y fron (breast cancer) pan ddois i adre.

Ro’n i’n 35 oed, yn ffit, yn iach a newydd ddychwelyd o deithio’r byd. Roedd clywed bod gen i ganser y fron yn andros o sioc.

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Wrth i mi geisio dod i delerau â’r diagnosis, fy sefyllfa ariannol oedd un o’r pryderon cyntaf a ddaeth i’r meddwl.

Mi wyddwn i y buaswn i’n wynebu misoedd o gemotherapi cyn cael llawdriniaeth ac yna radiotherapi.

Mi es i banig ar unwaith, gan feddwl ‘O na, fedra i ddim gweithio.’

Mae’r offer dwi’n ei gario fel gwraig gamera lawrydd yn llwyth trwm, ac mae’r teithio’n ddi-ball. Mi sylweddolais i’n fuan iawn na fyddwn i’n medru ymdopi ag agweddau corfforol y gwaith.

Yn y diwedd, bu’n rhaid i mi ganslo’r cytundebau ro’n i wedi gweithio mor galed i’w trefnu, ac mi fues i’n absennol o’r gwaith am yn agos at flwyddyn rhwng y driniaeth a’r cyfnod o wella.

Mi gollais i ffynhonnell fy incwm.

Pryderon ariannol

Efallai nad pres ydy’r peth cyntaf sy’n dod i’r meddwl pan fod pobl yn meddwl am ganser, ond mi gafod y salwch effaith aruthrol ar fy sefyllfa ariannol.

Pan rydych chi’n byw gyda chanser, mae dal angen talu’r morgais, prynu bwyd a dillad, cadw car ar yr heol a thalu biliau nwy a thrydan.

Ar un adeg, roedd y straen a’r pryder o boeni am y sefyllfa ariannol yn fwy na’r pryder am y canser ei hun, hyd yn oed.

Mae pob dime goch yn chwarae ar eich meddwl o hyd, yn yr union gyfnod pan rydych chi wedi blino’n lân yn gorfforol ac yn feddyliol yn sgil y driniaeth.

Does dim byd yn waeth na cheisio rhagweld sut rydych chi’n mynd i gadw to uwch eich pen, neu fforddio cyrraedd eich sesiwn driniaeth nesaf, a hynny wrth i chi geisio dod i delerau â’ch salwch yr un pryd.

Dod o hyd i gefnogaeth

Roedd fy nheulu a fy ffrindiau’n werth y byd. Mi helpodd fy mam i dalu’r morgais. Roedd ffrindiau’n dod heibio efo parselau bwyd a gofal i mi.

Mi ges i gefnogaeth gan Macmillan hefyd.

Drwy eu canolfan gwybodaeth a chefnogaeth yn y man lle’r o’n i’n cael fy nhriniaeth, mi ges i fy nghyfeirio at wasanaeth cyngor budd-daliadau a lles Macmillan.

Roedd yn help i leddfu’r baich ar unwaith. Mi dderbyniais i grant, ac mi ddefnyddiais hwnnw i yswirio Emyr, fy mhartner, i yrru fy nghar er mwyn iddo fedru mynd â fi i fy apwyntiadau yn yr ysbyty.

Mi helpodd Macmillan fi i wneud cais am Lwfans Cefnogi Cyflogaeth. Fues i’n derbyn £200 yr wythnos, oedd yn andros o help efo’r gwariant oedd yn mynd allan.

Y ffaith amdani ydy nad oes amser da i dderbyn diagnosis o ganser. Does dim byd yn fwy annymunol, nac yn fwy anodd ei ragweld.

Yn 35 oed, do’n i ddim wedi hyd yn oed wedi ystyried y gallwn i golli’r gallu i weithio.

Hyd yn oed heddiw, flynyddoedd ar ôl y diagnosis a’r driniaeth, dwi’n gweithio oriau gwirion i ailosod seiliau cadarn i fy sefyllfa ariannol.

Cyngor

Mi fuaswn i’n cynghori unrhyw un sydd â chanser i ofyn am gyngor ariannol cyn gynted ag y gallan nhw.

Mae ’na gefnogaeth ar gael drwy Macmillan. Mi allan nhw leddfu’r pwysau sydd arnoch chi, a gadael i chi ganolbwyntio ar eich gwellhad.

Am wybodaeth bellach, ewch i macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries.

 

 

“the biggest help is often found in the simplest and smallest of actions”

When Gale Kidman from Mountain Ash was diagnosed with a rare breast cancer in 2012, she began a difficult journey of treatment and recovery. 

 Today, on World Cancer Day, she talks about the importance of friendship and finding support.

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On receiving a cancer diagnosis

Even from the earliest stages, when all I had was a feeling that something was very wrong, friendship has been hugely important.

I had gone from being a confident, fit, healthy and energetic woman to becoming more and more fatigued.  Just getting up for work was a struggle.

It was my good friend who, becoming increasingly concerned, pestered me to go back to the doctor even though all my tests were telling me I was fit and well.

When I received my diagnosis, my world fell apart.  The lump in my breast was bigger than expected, the word ‘chemo’ hit like a sledge hammer and I had the terrifying realisation that ‘this is really happening to me’.

You suddenly feel like you are alone.  Isolated by this illness that no-one else really seems to understand.

On friendship

At the time of my diagnosis I lived on my own.  Receiving my diagnosis was instantly isolating – even trying to find the right words to explain my cancer to my family and friends was difficult.

Looking back, I realise I was so used to being this independent and capable woman that I found it very difficult to ask for, or to accept an offer of help.

I was so used to being strong, for me and my family that it was very difficult to let this part of my identity go.

But I moved in with an old close friend for a few weeks at the start of my treatment. Her support was just what I needed, and we laughed and cried together.

I’m really not really sure how I would have managed without the support of friends, both old and new.

On finding support

During my treatment, I was off work for over a year.

What surprised me was how difficult some people found it to offer support.  It was as if talking to me about my cancer was so hard that it was easier to say nothing at all.

Friends and support systems did fall away.  People struggled to be consistent in being around, to find the right thing to say or to know the right thing to do.

This in itself was isolating.  I’d had a busy career and losing contact with that, as well as other social networks, all had a real impact on me and my sense of loneliness.

For anyone who knows someone with cancer I would say that the biggest sources of help will often be found in the smallest and simplest of everyday actions.

It’s a letter or a quick text to let the person know you are thinking of them.  It’s an offer to cook a dinner, do some housework or go to the shops – everyday acts of help and kindness that will ease the pressure and offer some company.

On Macmillan

One of my greatest sources of support was the Macmillan online community.

For me, I hated not knowing what to expect.  I wanted to know what was coming next in my treatment and how it might affect me.  It’s all about preparing yourself.

It was at these moments that Macmillan’s online community proved to be a great source of friendship, information and emotional support.

As anyone who has had cancer will tell you, every experience is different.  We all react, both mentally and physically, in highly individual ways.

Yet when I was stuck at home, with the four walls closing in around me, it was Macmillan’s online community that I turned to.

It was here I found the support I so desperately needed, simply by talking to others who were going through the same experiences as me.

To people with cancer I would say, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  The support and the friendship you need is out there.

Please just visit Macmillan’s online community, or call Macmillan’s Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.