Marilyn Osborne was grateful for St. Catherine’s Hospice as she became well enough to return home to her family in time for Christmas.
The mum-of-six, who has 15 grandchildren, described her time at the Hospice during the Coronavirus pandemic as being like ‘a home from home’.
She was very thankful for the care from the staff at the charity and that she could spend Christmas with her loved ones:
“I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy Christmas because I was in so much pain and discomfort before going to St Catherine’s. But they got my pain under control and couldn’t do enough for me. They treat you like an individual and they get to know you.
“I feel like myself again, I actually feel great. Christmas will be a quiet one this year but it will be really nice spending it at home. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The 66-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer eight years ago, She had parts of her lung removed and is undergoing chemotherapy.
She spent some time in Preston Hospital from September and was admitted to St Catherine’s for pain and symptom management.
Marilyn was full of praise for the treatment she received and how the hospice looked after her:
“I really didn’t know what to expect from the hospice and I was a bit nervous about going there, but I must admit I was surprised by how beautiful it is and how fantastic the staff are.
“In my situation, you have to think about the future, and I had always said I wanted to die at home. But when the time comes, it really wouldn’t worry me at all if I was to go back to St Catherine’s. It’s such a peaceful and loving place.”
The retired care attendant and cleaner said it was the small gestures as well as the specialist palliative care which really made a difference to her quality of life:
“One day I felt too ill to eat my tea, but I woke up in the night feeling really hungry so they made me coffee and toast. The Christmas lights are up in the grounds at the minute and they look beautiful, and a nurse took me round the gardens in my wheelchair one day to see everything, which was very special,
“They put everything in place for my return home and they’re just at the end of the phone if I need any advice or support. It’s so reassuring knowing that St Catherine’s is there for me even now I’m at home and that I can speak to someone I know by name.
“Being ill can be really frightening at times and there will always be dark days, but St Catherine’s has made me realise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
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