Steve Pointon – Community Development
Steve was a very experienced senior manager in the security industry, managing over 200 field-based employees and contracts worth over £1m. Steve enjoyed his career; however, it left very little family time.
In August 2016, Steve was diagnosed with kidney cancer after a scan for something else. He had a nephrectomy in September 2016 and went back to work a month or so later. In January 2018 he discovered the cancer had spread to his abdominal lymph nodes and he was referred to the Christie Hospital in Manchester for further treatment. His prognosis was around 4 years if the treatment didn’t work. Fortunately, he was eligible for interleukin-2 (IL-2), and despite it being a tough treatment, it was a success and he has been in remission since September 2018.
He found Action Kidney Cancer after his second diagnosis and the help he received from Rose and members of the group was invaluable. It gave him a new-found desire to help people and he undertook two foundation courses in becoming a counsellor. The second diagnosis also made him realise how family time was more important than a career that meant spending long hours at work.
He is now completing a BSc(Hons) degree in person-centred counselling and he looks forward to helping people when qualified.
Steve has been an administrator of the Action Kidney Cancer online community since January 2019. He joined the charity in a more formal role to help build communities and forge better links with hospital departments.