It was 2012 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, the beginning of what was a very frightening, emotional and difficult time. My District Nurse was concerned that I had become quite reclusive and referred me to Rossendale Hospice. I was reluctant to go and was too weak to drive myself but, after some persuasion, I was picked up from home by the Hospice transport.
At the Hospice I met other ladies who had breast cancer. It was so good to talk to others who knew how I felt, what fears I had. We compared notes about our emotions; one person may have a ‘down day’ whilst others may have a ‘good day’; we all supported each other. Counselling helped enormously too.
Talking helped so much because I felt I could not talk openly to my family about my real fears or tell them how frightened I was that one day I would not wake up. I didn’t dare tell my family because I loved them and I didn’t want them to worry. The nurses have such an uncanny way of knowing you have more on your mind than you initially tell them. At the Hospice you can be you.
In January 2016 I rejoiced at making the four year mark. One month later however I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. I have had my bowel, appendix and gall bladder removed. I was offered chemotherapy but the risks were as high as the benefits so I declined.
One of the barriers I had was facing the fact that I had cancer. It took a long time before I could voice those words.
When I was referred to the Hospice for the second time, Rita, one of the Day Therapy nurses sat with me to do an assessment. She sat with me and just listened, giving me words of encouragement with tenderness and care that you don’t experience with any other health care professionals. Peace came from her understanding. I was re-assured that I was going to be looked after.
I look forward to coming to the Hospice on Thursdays, sometimes I long for Thursday to come. I have tried, enjoyed and benefitted from all the different complementary therapies available and this time around I feel like I am helping others by being able to share my experiences.
I have also developed skin cancer and in September I will be undergoing more surgery. When people contribute to the Hospice, I don’t think they have any idea of the real benefits of supporting the Hospice and helping people like me.
Join our first virtual quiz on Sunday 12th April at 8pm to raise money for the Hospice during COVID19. Get yourself a drink, sit back and play from the comfort of your sofa! It costs a mere £3 to enter, the participation fee will enable us to continue to support patients in their own homes during these unprecedented times. To participate click HERE Good luck!
5 Valley schools raised a record amount for Rossendale Hospice in an entrepreneurial challenge.
The event, jointly organised by Rossendale Hospice supported by Baldwins and Alder Grange School, is in its 5th year. The five schools raised a combined total of £7,130.64 in this year’s ‘Youth Enterprise Challenge’.
The contest, launched in October last year, lasted 16 weeks and saw Year 9 & 10 teams from Alder Grange, The Valley Leadership Academy, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View school, all come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible to be donated to the hospice.
Thank you to all the schools who took part and for the hardwork and effort that went into their fundraising.
We are working as normally as possible in what is an unprecedented and ever changing situation, and following government guidelines to keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe. Our Hospice at Home Teams are continuing to provide essential care for patients in their own homes but unfortunately we've had to adapt some of our other service provision.
Our fundraising activities have also been impacted as we've had to cancel many upcoming events which we so rely on. We will be launching a campaign to run over the next 12 weeks, and while we appreciate these are the most difficult times for all, we would be most grateful if you are able to make a donation. More information can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/carryoncaring?success=true
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