Graham Lord

I have had heart failure and diabetes for many years. I first benefitted from the Hospice services in 2009. I was referred by my GP.

People think you have to be at death’s door to benefit from the services the Hospice provides but that is not the case at all. For me heart failure means I am unable to walk far and cannot do anything physical, apart from talking!

When I came to the Hospice in 2009, I learnt that I was entitled to more benefits; my wife and I applied and following an assessment were given a mobility car. This changed our life enormously as we were able to get out and about. The cost of taxis had proved prohibitive and meant we didn’t go out of the house often.

Following a visit to my GP a few months ago, I was referred to the Hospice for a second time.

I come to the Hospice and enjoy talking to others but I don’t really discuss my illness or ask others about theirs. The nurses are such a valuable source of information and have advised me on many different matters including where my mother-in-law may be able to access support. With the nurses encouragement I was persuaded to make an appointment with my doctor to get another health matter checked out.

My wife is not only my carer, but is busy caring for her mother and father too. When I come to the Hospice, it gives her the opportunity to have some ‘me’ time, she knows I am safe and doesn’t have to worry about me. It gives her chance to relax.

Recently I have got a scooter which enables me to maintain my independence and not rely on my wife to push me in a wheelchair. This makes simple things like going to the supermarket much easier.

I look forward to coming to the Hospice. If I hadn’t come to the Hospice today, it would have meant I would not leave the house for five long days.

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