Our home is cold and damp and I can't cope any more.

I have stage 4 lung cancer and I live in rented accommodation. My landlord is not aware of the cancer and we communicate with an agent. The house is becoming more shabby and the central heating is not working very well at the moment. The fan is faulty in the shower and there is mould on the wall. The house is extremally cold and even with the central heating on all night it is barely reaching 15 degrees. 

We have compiled a list of things that need doing, some were done in the summer but they didn't do all of them, the agents were due to reinspect the house twice but they keep saying that they had Covid in the office. I am feeling very stressed about this all. I am not sure if there are any grants or if there is anything that might something it less draughty? I cannot do any DIY to put a pole up for a door curtain for instance.

  • Hi  and a warm welcome to the Online Community although so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and housing challenges, this is such a hard time for you but I do hope you will find lots of comfort and support from people who understand here on the Online Community. 

    Could I suggest you call the Macmillan Support Services on 0808 808 00 00 - most services are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week Clicking here to see what is available. This service provides lots of cancer information, emotional support, practical advise, benefit and financial guidance or just a listening ear. I am sure that one of our advisers can help you out.

    The Online Community has many dedicated support groups so can I recommend you start by joining our Lung Cancer group. This is a safe place to talk to other people who might have a similar diagnosis, treatment experience or are supporting someone on their cancer journey.

    If you'd like to connect in with this group, you need to join the group. First click on the Green link I have created above. Then once the page opens up click on the black banner that says [click to join] at the bottom, or the [Join] button under "Group tools."

    You can then introduce yourself by putting up a new post by clicking in the box near the top right with + New  (Computers) or + (Mobile Devices). You will then see a dropdown menu so why not hit ‘Start a Discussion in New here, say hello’

    To find information covering diagnosis, treatments and pages covering most types of cancers check our Online Information and Support Section

    Talking to people face to face can indeed help a lot but during these strange times it’s not that available but do check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support in your area has opened up. Do also check out for a local Maggie's Centre

    Always around if you need further help in navigating the community.

    All the very best

    Mike - Thehighlander

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