Chrissie’s story

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"As soon as I arrive at St Clare for Day Therapy, a sense of calmness comes over me that is difficult to explain. I never thought I’d ever say that about coming to a hospice as, like most people, I always thought you only went there when there was no hope for you."
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“In fact, there are lots of things I’ve learnt about hospices that I didn’t know before. For example, I didn’t know you could be a day patient, or that it isn’t just for the end of life. And that St Clare doesn’t just look after people with cancer.”

“I suffered a heart attack in December 2014, and since being referred to the Hospice, I’ve attended both St Clare’s Breathlessness and Brighter Living groups.”

“It’s very frustrating and frightening when you’re struggling to breathe, but thanks to St Clare I’ve learnt ways to make it easier. I never realised before how much breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly really does help to slow you down and relax. It’s made my symptoms so much more manageable. The Brighter Living group has also shown me different ways of making life easier and how not to make things difficult for yourself.”

“Coming to St Clare’s has made a complete difference to my life, and I have loved every moment of being here. When I go into the Day Therapy lounge and see everyone, it’s like coming into a room full of angels. That’s what it feels like.”

“Everybody here is so special. The staff, the volunteers; they all care so much. They’ve got such big hearts and most importantly they make you feel safe.”

– Chrissie

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