One evening I spat some blood, the next morning I did again. I didn’t hesitate to make a doctor’s appointment and he referred me for an x-ray. The results of the x-ray showed that I had lung cancer. It was a tremendous shock.
At the time I was caring for my brother in Somerset who had late stages Pulmonary Fibrosis. I had to leave him to see a specialist near home, where I would be treated. Half my lung was removed and the operation was successful, although on the day I met my surgeon to discuss treatment options sadly my other brother fell and died un-expectedly. I fell to pieces and have not really come to terms with his death yet.
Six weeks later I was informed I had secondary cancer; in my back muscles and in my lymph nodes. I have since had radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Tomorrow I will have another scan and next week I will find out the results.
Needless to say, I was feeling really down. My Macmillan nurse suggested I attend Day Therapy. I knew about the Hospice, I knew people who had benefitted from the services provided but at the time I didn’t know how it could help me. As brilliant as my family are, I thought ‘I have to go’.
By attending Day Therapy I have received counselling and hypnotherapy of which I cannot speak highly enough. I have also had reiki, reflexology and massage therapies.
The Hospice is very calming and everyone is so friendly. We (patients) don’t sit around just talking about our illnesses, but it does help discussing things with people who are going through the same thing as you and really do understand, people who are impartial - simply talking to others has helped enormously. I’ve met new people from all walks of life and made new long-lasting friendships. Coming to the Hospice and learning how others have coped has given me the confidence to carry on.
When I am able and hopefully in the near future, I would like to become a Hospice volunteer and help others, it will be my way of saying ‘thank you’.
Tickets are still available for our Summer Raffle! You have until Fri 26th July to purchase a ticket from the hospice reception or one of our shops; Haslingden, Rawtenstall or Bacup. Draw takes place on Weds 31st July. Could you be the winner of £500? Got to be in it to win it!
In June, The Friends Group at Rossendale Hospice organised a Curry night at Anar Kali Restaurant. The evening was enjoyed by over 60 people and has raised a fantastic £621.20 for the Hospice. Thank you to the Friends and everyone who came to support the event.
As a result of the Rossendale Round Table closing, we were delighted to be invited to the last Spice Night held at Ashoka. Here, the Hospice were presented with a cheque for £1000 which we are incredibly grateful for.
Thank you for all your fundraising efforts over the years and we wish you all the very best.
Just two weeks left to book your appointment and take advantage of the Make A Will Month. 100% of the fee does direct to Rossendale Hospice. Make your appointment today by calling Hayden Solicitors on 01706 253633 or email email@example.com
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