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Inverness man offers online support to other cancer patients during coronavirus lockdown

By Val Sweeney

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Volunteer Mike Taylor.
Volunteer Mike Taylor.

AN Inverness man diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer has been providing support to others as an online community champion during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mike Taylor, who was diagnosed with Cutaneous T-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1999, is a volunteer for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 64-year-old, who has been in remission for four years, underwent 750 hours of chemotherapy, 45 cycles of radiotherapy and two allogeneic stem cell transplants after the disease returned six years ago.

The retired college lecturer said the pandemic had caused turmoil for all blood cancer groups and the online community champions offered advice and reassurance.

“We’re here to hold people’s hands as they go through cancer and it makes me happy if I can make even a small difference to someone and give them the support they need,” he said.

Ellen Bergdahl, of Macmillan, said Mr Taylor had compassion, friendliness and understanding.

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