‘If I don’t do my treatment I won’t survive’: The cost of staying alive as bills soar | ITV News

'if i don't do my treatment i won't survive': the cost of staying alive as bills soar | itv news

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There is no doubt the cost of living crisis has begun to affect pretty much everyone we know.

Weekly food bills going up, monthly pay packets feeling smaller and smaller, energy bills increasing and mortgages set to rise.

But have you ever stopped to think about the cost of staying alive? For some, this is a very real concern and one which is getting harder to sustain. 

Take Ron for instance. He has severe lung disease and was given three to five years to live back in 2014.

He’s still going strong and is on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. While he waits though, his lungs are deteriorating. One way to ensure his condition doesn’t get worse is to keep his home at the same temperature, 24 hours a day.

That means the heating has to be on in every room, throughout the day and night. He is also connected to an oxygen machine, which is constantly plugged in and using electricity.

Both he and his wife are terrified of the costs this winter and say they have already stopped using the oven, are only buying marked-down food and have stocked up on thermals and thick jumpers.

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