After reaching the big 5-0, I became really aware of my health. I started to take note of things I used to ignore, like niggling aches and pains. I think this is mainly because I’d recently had a health scare whilst on holiday and ended up needing to have my gallbladder removed.
After I’d recovered from this operation, I decided to book in for one of Bupa’s Health Assessments. The day before my appointment I filled in a questionnaire online - I included a couple of things that I was worried about – one of which was an aching testicle.
The assessment began with an hour’s consultation with a health advisor followed by an hour with a GP, who suggested that I be referred for a scan of my testicle. Despite it being such a personal issue I felt very comfortable talking about my concerns and completely at ease. I really felt I was being listened to and that my worries were being addressed.
In October 2016, just a few days after my referral I was given the diagnosis that I had been dreading. I had testicular cancer. I had an operation the following week to remove the tumour and by Christmas of that year I was given the all clear.
I will continue to have a routine check every month for three years, and also see my oncologist every year, but I’m well and I consider myself one of the lucky ones as I didn’t need to have chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
These two events have really impacted how I feel about health and wellbeing, and made me release how important the little things that I enjoy everyday. I am conscious of the fact that I need to try harder to get away from the stress of everyday life, and focus on ‘me’.
This case study reflects the specific experience of one customer who used our Pay As You Go services at a Bupa Health Clinic.
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