Thursday 30 July 2015
Lucinda, a Day Hospice patient, shared her story with us:
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer five and a half years ago. Almost five years to the day after that first diagnosis I was re-diagnosed with incurable cancer, which has started spreading to my lungs and the rest of my body.
My Macmillan Nurse recommended that I come to The Shakespeare Hospice for Physiotherapy with Sue. She is by far the best Physio I’ve had, and I’ve had quite a few!
Since I’ve been coming here Jo, the Occupational Therapist, has helped me a lot with house assessments and getting a shower fitted. I have also had help with writing my will and getting a lasting power of attorney. The support here is really good.
I like the fact that anything you want to have a go at creatively they will sort out. I have made a scarf, but normally after some Reiki with Lisa, lunch and Physio I don’t have much time to do much in Diversional Therapy.
The Hospice has a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s nice to have the garden and all the other areas where you can go. All the things the Hospice offers are great, there’s nothing else you could need and if there was they would be able to provide for it! It is like a little community.
Having been re-diagnosed I think about what I want to do while I can. The shower and getting a wheelchair have made a great difference to my freedom, and I have found out about Tramper electric scooters, which are all-terrain and I can use when I’m on holiday.
I was very apprehensive about coming to the Hospice at first. I never wanted to be in a Hospice situation, and felt that I would be better off with my circle of friends. But the support from the staff here has been amazing. They introduce themselves and get to know you, so you are treated as an individual. I would say to anyone just give it a go. Even if you think you don’t need the support, it is amazing what they offer that you haven’t thought of.”