Derek aged 58, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015.
After time off work following surgery, Derek had put on weight and his Doctor recommended YMCATG’s Moving Forward Cancer Recovery Programme to help him get back on track again.
Every week we provide specialist rehabilitation classes for people who are recovering from strokes, cancer and other life-limiting conditions.
Leslie is a familiar face at our Romford site and uses the gym, seated rehab classes and plays Boccia. Les aged 63, had a stroke three years ago which left him with very little movement in his right side and very little speech. Prior to the stroke Les worked full time in a manual job and was very fit and active.
Claire is 44 years old and has two children, aged 13 and 10. She is a full time mum. In February 2016, Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following April she had a single mastectomy and following that, radiotherapy.
Prior to this diagnosis, Claire was struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome and had to take anti-depressants to help overcome the effects of low energy and self-esteem. This put a lot of extra pressure on her fiancé who worked very long hours and whose health also began to suffer.
On a holiday to South Africa in 2007, Claire visited a women’s shelter that helped women and children that had suffered abuse. Sadly the facility was in a poor state with rubbish stacked up everywhere.
Romario is a young person currently being supported by YMCA Thames Gateway who relies on Housing Benefit to pay for much of his rent. He says Housing Benefit has given him the springboard he needed to find work.