“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, and after an operation I was then monitored for ten years with blood tests and so on. I only started treatment 5 years ago, which was a successful course of Radiotherapy at BRI.
Suddenly, out of the blue, I was told that the cancer had spread to my lower back and left shoulder. Six months of radium treatment followed, but the consultant then told me that it hadn’t worked. Because of my condition, he said he couldn’t recommend chemotherapy or any more treatment. That was in September 2017.
I thought ‘well now we know the situation, I can get on with living for the time I have left.’ It was then that I was put in contact with Weston Hospicecare.
I came to Day Hospice for a 12 week programme. I remember that the first day there was so much to take in, all in one go! I don’t think I’d ever spoken to so many people in one day; I went home feeling really tired, but happy. When you get into regular habits, like I had done, you forget how big the world can be.
Coming to Day Hospice takes me out of myself, you learn a lot, and realise just how much help and support is available to you. There’s something for everyone, and I make sure to try it all. I even tried Qigong, which was very different to anything I’ve ever done before, but I enjoyed myself.
I also came to meet Wendy, one of the Hospice Community nurses, and she’s been brilliant. Being looked after by Weston Hospicecare changes your whole world. Before I knew about Day Hospice and the Community Nursing Team, I felt severely restricted. Just one month later, my whole attitude had changed.
The Community team helped me get better access to outside, so I could get out and about more easily, and I get to come to Day Hospice and chat to people who are in a similar situation to me. I don’t need to explain myself, because they understand. I don’t feel sad, I just feel lucky that there’s so many opportunities open to me, and so much support.”