Bill has a 'glass half full' attitude to cancer. Simple things make him happy; walking, being with his family, talking about old times with close friends. In this short film (transcript below) he talks about why he feels positive about the peer support he has at St Helena's Day Therapies groups.

Here you can read the transcript:

I think waking up every morning and realising I’m alive, but simple things make me happy; walking, being with my family - which I like very much, which I love very much - and seeing them all together on occasions, and being with friends and talking to close friends about old times and looking forward to the future really.

I have an odd way of handling this, it isn’t happening to me, it’s happening to somebody else, and that’s the way I look at it. And I don’t worry about it I must say. In fact when my family heard the news, the only one who wasn’t in tears was me, I was quite upbeat about it, because after all people are saying why me? Why not me? When one thinks of the young people who get cancer and have no chance at all, whereas with me I’ve led a good life up to 87 so why not?

It’s easier to open up amongst a group of fellow sufferers. After the first time I thought what am I doing here? All these old people and suddenly I discovered I was the oldest! I thought I won’t come back here but then I did, and I was looking forward to it every week sort of thing, and I still am, I think it’s marvellous because all the carers and nurses are so kind and so considerate, really it’s amazing and it does give you an uplift. Even though I’m quite… with me the glass is always half full. But I do find it uplifting and seek to get other people’s opinions, see how they get on and how they feel and how they can handle a different case, it’s quite interesting.

I think it’s great, absolutely indispensable I think. The people are amazing, they’re so kind, it’s a beautiful outlook, I love coming here. I mean, you know, people I think sometimes when they hear the word hospice, they feel frightened but they shouldn’t. They should not, it’s beautiful, absolutely.

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