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Cancer Patient Wishes He Was Dead Because Benefit System Stress Left Him Depressed

May 15, 2015

A cancer sufferer struggling to live off just £50 a week sickness benefit says he wishes he was dead.

Kane Orchard was told he had weeks to live when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer.

The 27-year-old is now awaiting a bone marrow transplant which will give him a 50/50 chance of survival.

Kane has always worked and never had money troubles until he lost his job due to his illness, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

But the former Whitley Abbey pupil, from Cheylesmore, says the daily struggle to receive the support he needs has made his life unbearable.

He said the hoops he has had to jump through to receive various types of financial support has made his life “hell”, and he has since been diagnosed with depression.

He said: “Sometimes I look back to when I was told I had weeks to live if I didn’t have treatment and I think ‘I wish I had died’, then I wouldn’t have to deal with all this.

“If it hadn’t been for the support of my friends and family, I don’t think I would have made it this far.

“I would like to see more help for cancer patients – since I have had cancer I have had no help.”

Kane said a lack of knowledge and understanding from everyone including his local MP and the council to cancer nurses and the job centre had added to his health problems.

He said: “I have written to my MP, Jim Cunningham, and he hasn’t replied, I have approached the Citizens Advice Bureau and the council, but they haven’t been able to help.

“The staff at the job centre expect you to be doing things all the time to claim benefits, but they don’t realise how hard it is for someone like me.

“It’s just putting more stress on me at a time when I’m meant to be relaxing.”

Kane, who was forced to leave his job as a van driver after being struck down by the illness, said: “The system is completely wrong.

“I was watching Benefits Street on TV the other day and I saw a lad who had short term memory problems dealing cannabis, but he was getting £300 a week.

“How can people like that be given money when someone with cancer can’t claim a dime and is struggling to scrape enough together to pay bills and rent?”

He added: “I never had money problems while I was working, but now I need to find somewhere else to live as the house I’m living in at the moment is being sold and I’m sharing with a lot of people, but I really need something more private while I’m undergoing treatment.

“I have had a meeting with the Whitefriars housing association and they have found me a place to live but they think the £50 a week I will have to live on after rent and bills will be enough.

“But it’s nowhere near enough. I have to run the car and pay for fuel to get to the hospital for my treatment.”

Kane said he wanted to raise awareness of his struggles in the hope it might encourage a greater understanding of the problems faced by cancer sufferers.

He added: “They tar every benefits claimant with the same brush, they have to go off the same rules for everyone – but not everyone’s situation is the same.

“I want to raise awareness of the issues.

“If I’m going through this, other people are going through this and something needs to change.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. philipburdekin permalink
    May 15, 2015 12:37 pm

    How on earth do these tory arsehole live with themselves, evil dirty dogs. (Sorry doggies)

  2. May 15, 2015 1:02 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. May 15, 2015 3:30 pm

    If we march enough, going down to London, to support people like the above whose very life is in danger anyway, let alone made worse by government, then maybe we could get another general election next year.

    Meanwhile expanded with links and more info, by me in my blog is a Daily Mirror article to help those with the worse that is to come.

    For people to get help, and for people to volunteer and donate to help those in peril.

    It’s all the litte can be done by me, as old, disabled, chronic sic, nil benefit, nil state pension for life even after a lifetime in work, no car on the road, mobility lessening, and chronically tired.

    And this computer is growing old and might quit on me. No money to get another.

  4. May 15, 2015 6:57 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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