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“The Hospice has helped me to deal with the cancer and helped me to overcome the fear of the unknown.”

Jay was a patient in both the day hospice and inpatient unit, she tells us how the Hospice helped her.

Jay started coming to day hospice in August 2015 and in spring 2016 required some specialist management of her symptoms so she was admitted as an inpatient to the Cedar Ward for two weeks.

JAY MCCORMACKJay said: “I’ve lived with cancer for many years, when I was first diagnosed with cancer, it was as if the doctor was talking to somebody else – I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I received a call from a nurse from St Columba’s Hospice about coming to use the day hospice services. At the time, I didn’t feel ready to be a hospice patient, but after we talked about what services were on offer and how the day hospice worked, I changed my mind and I realise now how lucky I was to be given this support. I have been coming in to day hospice every Monday and I get a lot out of the experience.

“It sounds silly but I really do look forward to coming in to the Hospice, it is part of my social life now! Everyone is friendly and chatty, we are all in the same boat and it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a funny side to everything!

“The rooms and the wards have everything you need”

“Suzie, one of the chaplains, is great. I’m not religious but I like talking to her and she encourages me to think about how my family might be coping, or what experiences I can have with them, and about life in general.

“When my symptoms needed some extra attention, I was nervous about being an inpatient. I was so pleased that Liam, the Patient and Family Support Assistant, was able to show me around before I was admitted. The rooms and the wards have everything you need, and it’s nice and quiet. I’m looking forward to being discharged home and the time I have spent here at the Hospice means I can go home with my symptoms under control, making it easier for me to live my life.

“Throughout my whole experience of being ill, I have found that people are afraid of the word cancer. They are afraid to talk about it, and what it means. I find that talking about it with the doctors, nurses and staff at the Hospice has helped me to deal with the cancer and helped me to overcome the fear of the unknown.”

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