In 2015, my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer, which was controlled at first until he started to lose his balance. I was really worried about him; we didn’t know what was wrong.
I was a very fit lady, before lockdown I was doing 3 exercise classes a week and walking 6 to 7 miles every day. When the pandemic hit, I carried on walking up until my husband got too unwell to be left on his own.
One day, I lifted his wheelchair and pulled my back, and I was in a lot of pain. My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour which is now managed with treatment when needed.
In the meantime, I was deteriorating, and I was taken to James Cook Trauma unit, and they later revealed I had stage 4 lung cancer, which was incurable. My husband was in shock, and I was in a daze, nothing would register. I started my treatment just after Christmas, but it didn’t react well with my body. I was in a lot of pain and experienced distress, and I just wanted to die.
Then, I was introduced to the Hospice. When I came in, they showed me the room, and gave me some oxygen and pain relief, which really helped control my symptoms.
Over the last 2 and a half years, I had not held my family as they were afraid of hurting me. When I got to the hospice, one of the doctors hugged me, and I didn’t want him to let go. The Dr told me he would look after me. I was so tired and because my symptoms were under-control, I was able to sleep throughout the night, for the first time in 2 years. I woke up pain free, everything felt sur-real, and I started to improve, and this is all because of the amazing staff and volunteers at the hospice. Every one of you embraced me and for that I am truly grateful”
I can’t express how much the hospice helped. They have restored my faith and belief. They really are the good in the world and I wish I could pass on my joy, positivity, and belief that Teesside Hospice has given me to all who are suffering.
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