I am sixty eight years old and was just beginning to look forward to and enjoy my retirement when I was diagnosed with lung cancer.
It was quite a shock. I had collapsed at home the week before and following tests they discovered my sodium levels were low. The reason behind this was because I had three small cell tumours in my lungs. I was told that surgery wasn’t an option but I could have chemotherapy to try to reduce the size of the tumours.
I had four sessions of chemotherapy and the District Nurse came to visit me once a week. The fourth session was particularly aggressive and made me feel really down. The District Nurse suggested she refer me to Rossendale Hospice, I received a telephone from the Hospice and a week later I visited Day Therapy for the first time.
I thought the Hospice was going to be gloomy with people talking about their illnesses but it isn’t like that at all. The atmosphere is uplifting.
In Day Therapy I have benefitted from complementary therapies including reflexology and reiki, we have a lovely lunch, learn about other support available and have the opportunity to ask for advice - nothing is too much trouble for the nurses and volunteers, they are fabulous and so friendly.
I knew the Hospice was here but I didn’t realise how it could help me. Coming to the Hospice and speaking to other patients who were at different stages of their treatment really helped me, some who’ve had cancer for a second and third time. They inspired me and gave me hope. I have made lots of friends whom I keep in touch with outside of Day Therapy. Before coming to the Hospice I thought my diagnosis meant ‘the end’, it doesn’t!
When I come to the Hospice, my husband has a day off and goes cycling – he doesn’t like leaving me at home on my own.
I don’t let little things worry me anymore and try to be positive. Health professionals tell me that my attitude has helped - I feel much better now than I did twelve months ago!
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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