Margaret’s story

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"The trembling in my hands started soon after returning from a family holiday in Spain not long after losing my lovely husband, Harry."
Two sisters smiling at the camera

“My sister Maureen was the first one to point it out, and although I wasn’t feeling too well at the time I just told everyone it would probably stop soon. But Maureen wasn’t convinced, so she spoke to my sons, Mark and John, and booked an appointment with my GP, who referred me to the hospital. The doctor only had to watch me walk across the room to diagnose I had Parkinson’s disease.”

“That was 10 years ago and there have been lots of struggles along the way. But it wasn’t until last year when I started having trouble swallowing, that I was referred to St Clare for some extra support by my Parkinson’s nurse at St Margaret’s.”

“At the time, I didn’t know anything about the Hospice. I thought it was a place where you spent the last days of your life, so I was very fearful when it was suggested. But when I went along to Day Therapy for the first time and walked in, all those fears went away. For the first time in a long time, I felt peaceful and relaxed.”

“I have had wonderful support from everyone at St Clare and my family feel I’m in very good hands. We are all very grateful for the way St Clare supports me. The Hospice has become very special to me; it’s changed my life by giving back some of the confidence I lost because of my illness. It’s a wonderful, caring place and I don’t feel alone any more.”

– Margaret

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