Activ8rlives Case Studies


Colin getting control of his life back

Colin Alder is a tall, athletic 73-year old with an inspiring lust for life and good humour. Two years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has spread into his bones and is currently incurable.

“Hunts Community Cancer Care Network (HCCN) operate a programme of getting active and I joined their circuit training. There is recognition in the medical profession that cancer patients keep healthy for longer if they stay active. HCCN has been designed as a charity to fill the gaps that the NHS can’t afford.

When you are told that you have a life threatening condition, it damages your self-esteem. HCCN and the Active+ programme brought back my confidence. The people at the class are a good bunch of people that understand what it’s like living with cancer. I do cardio-vascular exercise, I live a normal, healthy socially active life. It’s given us back our lives, and with all the walking, my dog’s the fittest dog in Cambridgeshire!”

Getting control of his life back, has been extremely important to Colin:

“I want to be at the centre of my recovery, not being told what to do by a doctor all of the time. When you are diagnosed with something like this, you come to a grinding halt. You lose control. If you engage with the whole process, don’t be a victim, that helps.

Using the monitoring devices, I can track my weight, which is really important for cancer patients, and I can keep a record of my wellbeing. This can all be transmitted to the clinicians – if they see your steps are significantly lower, or your weight is fluctuating wildly, then it’s worth checking if something’s wrong.

I think the whole process should be rolled out more widely, it’s given me the knowledge and support structure to control my own situation. I have as little to do with the medical profession as possible!

Colin feels that the Active+ programme has been central to helping him get on with a relatively normal life:

“I don’t share a lot about my condition with my family, but the end product of taking part in Active+ is a more cheerful me, which keeps them happy. Life is good.”


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Maggie Johnson – an activated cardiac patient

"It has made me feel much more secure about my health, I can print out the data and take it to the next doctor’s appointment instead of having to remember how I’ve been feeling, it’s all there in black and white. I am sure that doing this programme will keep us all going for a lot longer.”