Caroline was was only 40 when she was diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer. She was devastated.

“I felt as though I had been hit over the head with a brick. I was so shocked I couldn’t think straight or do anything. The treatment made me very tired and I ended up just staying at home and watching rubbish TV.”

His/her GP was concerned about Caroline’s quality of life and discussed options for helping her. They talked about exercise, Caroline was worried that she wouldn’t have enough energy for anything , but was persuaded to try a gentle walk with her neighbours dog.

“I wasn’t sure, but my doctor persuaded my that it was a good idea, and she was right. All I can manage at the moment is a gentle walk, and I don’t go far. But it is making a difference, my confidence is starting to come back, I feel a bit more positive about things, and I am chatting a bit more to my neighbours instead of hiding in my house. I was scared of seeing them, I didn’t know what to tell them, but actually it is fine, they are all being really kind. “