Beautiful words from Jackie, who was known for her effervescent personality and zest for life, on what hospice care meant to her.
Here's Jackie's story. 'When I was diagnosed I was in full-time work and living on my own. I was diagnosed quickly: in work on Friday and admitted to hospital the next Tuesday. Stage 4. Terminal. All on Christmas Eve. It was impossible to get my head around. In just four days my life changed completely. I began chemotherapy soon after.
The chemo worked for a while but the cancer came back aggressively. There is no curing this – there is only palliative care to ease things and to keep me as healthy as possible until I die. I thank my lucky stars that of all the places I could end up, I ended up at St Wilfrid’s. It has meant the world to me at a difficult time in my life. Of course, at first, I was very nervous. You come here and you expect to die – so to feel better has been wonderful.
Dignity. That’s a very good word for what they have given me. For the very first time since I became ill I have been treated with dignity, like I was a valuable human being. Extreme kindness, patience and empathy; those are the things you see in the faces of the people here. Everyone who has visited me has noticed it.
One of the doctors here asked me outright where I want to be approaching the end of my life. Without a shadow of a doubt, I said the hospice. Please, bring me here. Bring me here where dignity is automatic and doors can be opened or closed to respect the family.
I’ve been helped and that care has transformed what remains for me. I’m still learning what a hospice means, how they look after your loved ones, what they do in the wider community: supporting you to live and helping you to relax with counselling, wellbeing and physiotherapy. I’m immobile and yet I’ve been given so much love and care that I want to dance out of my chair!
To be poetic, I was falling and I was caught.'
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1 string of lights is as far as I have got towards decorating for Christmas. With the amount of work still to do it looks as though the rest may have to wait until Christmas Eve!! #newhome #firstchristmas #herstmonceux
Looking for a Christmas gift, or just want to treat yourself? St Wilfrid's gardener, Kevin, has created these beautiful table arrangements guaranteed to light up anyone's festive season!
Just pop into the hospice to have a browse and leave your details with a member of staff for one of the following collection dates:
❄Friday 14th December
❄ Wednesday 19th December
❄ Friday 21st December
We kindly ask for a minimum suggested donation of £15. As ever, all proceeds will go towards supporting our work.
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FYI We close for the winter and re-open early next year. If you wanted to purchase Gift Tickets as Christmas presents for either General Admission throughout 2019, or for one of our courses, you must do this before next Thursday, 13th December.
Please visit our website for more information about the courses: http://www.the-observatory.org/astronomy-courses
Please call the centre on 01323 832731 to book.
This dear little baby in the Trug is Pamela Reed, in around 1928, granddaughter of Reuben Reed who founded The Truggery. Swipe to see her 90 years later collecting some new trugs with two of her sons. You can read about the family in our book THE SUSSEX TRUG available on our website, online at Waterstones or local independent bookshops. #trug #sussextrug #herstmonceux #history #familylife #tradition #craft #villagelife
A great honour to perform at the Bader International Studies Centre @queensuniversity
yesterday for Alfred Bader, renowned chemist and arts collector, and his 80th Anniversary in coming to the UK on the Kindertransport in 1938.
Programme included Solo partita by #Bach
, and works for violin & piano by #Finzi
with pianist Shelley Katz. 🎻🎹
Gerald Finzi's beautiful Elegy for violin & piano (1940), was written while Finzi worked for the Ministry of War Transport. Finzi, of Jewish descent, welcomed German & Czech refugees to stay at his home in Ashmonsworth. •
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Do you want to read inspiring stories about local businesses? #ImIn
THENOTEBOOK is the only #diary
that presents you fascinating stories of people that traveled all over the world, changed careers, overcome difficulties and managed to transform their passion into a #successfulbusiness
. They can be your next door neighbour as The Notebook is local: #Rye
We are sharing the weekly planners with our clients, so keep an eye on this page to see who are the #entrepreneurs
participating in this #localmarketing
Or send me a message if you want your #freegift
. I am waiting for you to pick it up from my #studioRye