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"When you are diagnosed with an incurable illness, even the smallest of things can suddenly become an uphill battle. But being able to help with something as simple as installing an extra stair banister at home has made a huge difference to my day-to-day life."
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“I often struggle to catch my breath having been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which affects my lungs, and I was finding it particularly difficult to get up the stairs. When I mentioned it during one of my Day Therapy sessions it was suggested an extra banister might be helpful and within three days it was fitted. I didn’t realise something so simple would be so helpful, but that’s one of the great things about St Clare. If you need help with something, it’s done.”

“When the Hospice was first recommended to me by the cardiology team at St Margaret’s in Epping, I was reluctant at first to come as my only knowledge of hospice care was end of life. My first reaction was that I wasn’t ill enough because I thought hospices were just for people at the end of life. I had no idea of all the other support on offer. But by the end of my first visit, I was already looking forward to coming back.”

“Attending the 12-week Day Therapy course and the breathlessness and Brighter Living groups have given me the reassurance and confidence to face the road ahead.”

“The whole experience has been very positive, everyone here is kind and considerate and to be able to discuss your illness with people with similar problems is a great comfort. Being under the St Clare umbrella has transformed my life and given me an invaluable support network. I don’t know why I ever felt anxious or worried about coming.”

– Bill

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