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“Everybody at the hospice is ill. But when we’re here we don’t worry”

“Everybody at the hospice is ill. But when we’re here we don’t worry”

Former bus driver Paul Nolan has been visiting Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool, as a day patient for six years. Here he shares his experiences.

 

Why I started coming here

"I was referred by my doctor. I have chronic heart failure. Doctors haven't actually said how much time I have. They've said to try and enjoy the time I have left. I'm married and have twin boys.

I've been ill for so long that every time I see my doctor he gets this look in his eye that kind of says: 'you're still here?!' I see the doctor at the hospice every couple of months. Some days I feel horrible, but I'm hanging on."

Putting a smile on people's faces

"Right now I am part of the hospice's day patient programme, which concentrates a bit more on the social aspect of things.

What I like about coming to the hospice is that everybody is the same, everyone is ill, and for the four hours that we are here no one worries about their illness.

I like to make people laugh – other patients here and the nurses. If I can make somebody smile, I go home happy."

Find out more about Marie Curie hospices and how they can offer support if you or a loved one is living with a terminal illness >> https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/hospice-care

Posted on: 04/07/2016   Categories: Charity News

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