A 55-year-old dad with breast cancer faced rejection from online support groups for being a man in the UK.
According to sources, the shocking incident left the dad feeling ‘lonely as well as isolated.’ And that’s ever since he received a denial from online membership for being a male.
David McCallion explains how he wished to join the support group to receive the support that went above and beyond that of his family members.
For this reason, he turned to Facebook after his diagnosis with breast cancer. However, little did he know that they would rebuff him for coming from the male gender.
McCallion is a community worker and a citizen of Manchester, United Kingdom. Moreover, he reveals the details of his diagnosis, where doctors advised him for a mastectomy. Similarly, they also feared how his condition was in fact hereditary. This came from the fact that his mum also suffered from the same type of cancer.
On the other hand, statistics from the charity, Prevent Breast Cancer, express how only 390 men are yearly diagnosed with the condition in the UK.
David also expressed how he ‘attempted to join an online forum’ through Facebook. However, they politely excused him, explaining how they couldn’t simply allow it as he was a male.
They also confided how many women would feel uncomfortable opening up with a male member in the group. Hence, they felt that it would be best that he simply wouldn’t join. For these reasons, they immediately declined him from the membership.
“They made me feel like I was muscling in,” he claims. “But the last thing that I ever intended to do was jump upwards and downwards saying, look at me, I have breast cancer as well.”
David also put forward his thoughts on how if any of the other 389 men feel like he does, then there needs to be something done for males suffering from breast cancer.
Likewise, he added a sentimental comment that comprised of how lonely he is, ever since his diagnosis with the condition.