A brave Ashgate Hospice patient who was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer told how a stay with the charity brought him peace.
Terry Wilson, 53, from North Wingfield, Chesterfield, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in April.
Following numerous admissions to hospital, Terry was put in contact with Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare and was introduced to Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialists.
The charity’s care allowed him to return home before he was re-admitted and sadly died in November surrounded by family.
During his care, Terry said: “I had no quality of life when I was at home but Ashgate gave me a quality of life back. I started eating again, my family visited and we went for a day out at Queen’s Park. I wasn’t eating enough to keep a child alive when I was at home.”
Terry was admitted for sickness and medication management.
Once Terry’s symptoms were managed, he was discharged and returned home where he received ongoing support and enjoyed a holiday before his re-admission.
Terry said: “They’re so caring and what they do is so simple but it works. They have the time to care for you. The volunteers can’t do enough for you either and nothing is too much trouble.”
Terry and widow Emma and family were so grateful they raised £6,000 for the charity.
Son Carl said: “My dad was cared for so well through both of his admissions.”