Terminal Illness Made Bearable

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A Terminal Diagnosis

Rosie was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. She needed support to help her through this devastating diagnosis. Fortunately she found St Helena Hospice, who were on hand to give her the support she desperately needed.

Terminal bone cancer patient

“I was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. So, with regards to my future, I don’t know how long it is. But it is made more bearable knowing that I have got the hospice. They have made me feel that I am still worth something.

When they are with you, they are there just for you, and you alone. That’s worth everything. To think that you are the most special person in their life at that precise moment.”

St Helena Hospice Terminal Patient and nurse

With the support of the hospice, Rosie has been able to come to terms with her terminal diagnosis, and is making the most of the precious time that she has left. St Helena Hospice have done their upmost to ensure every day is special for Rosie.

A Special Christmas Present

They gave her a special Christmas present last year. Laura, specialist occupational therapist, and Nicola, specialist physiotherapist, took her out to see the sea with her dog and had a pina colada on the front.

Terminal Bone Cancer patient at the beach

The team arranged for a wheelchair and ramps and after much problem-solving, they managed to take her for a winter afternoon outing for the first time in a long time.

Rosie said: “It is amazing. I’ve not had proper fresh air since May or June, so that’s six months. I know the skies are grey, but it’s like a summer day to me. It’s beautiful and everyone has worked so hard to get me here as well. So just thank you to everyone who’s done it for me. I have wanted it for so long and now I just can’t believe it’s happened. It’s a bit chilly, but the adrenaline is keeping me warm!”

It was an emotional time for her family too, “It’s just unbelievable, unbelievable. I’m totally overwhelmed. I never thought I’d see this day. It’s the best Christmas present ever.”

Terminal patient talking to a hospice nurse

Make a Difference

Rosie relies on St Helena Hospice, so that she can make every moment matter. You don’t know what a hospice can do until you need them.

By playing Your Hospice Lottery to support St Helena Hospice, for ONLY £1 per week, you can ensure St Helena Hospice will be able to continue helping those in need just like Rosie.

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