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"I’d only heard of the Hospice as a ‘doom and gloom’ place; somewhere you go to die. That seems to be everyone’s impression and I had no idea they did therapy for people like me. But when my cardiac specialist nurse at St Margaret’s Hospital first suggested that I come to St Clare for therapy I thought I’d be stupid to say no to something that could do me some good."
Roger sits with a nurse in the garden

“I came along for an introductory meeting with Jennie, one of the nurses, where we sat and chatted and she explained about the breathlessness group and Friday therapy sessions and straight away put me at ease. The treatment you are given is absolutely first-class and everyone really does care. It almost makes being ill worthwhile coming here. It’s like a ray of sunshine and I really look forward to coming.”

“I have heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and to people in the same boat with an illness that can’t be cured I’d say if you get the chance to come to St Clare then go.”

“You simply won’t regret coming, unless you’re a miserable, joyless, hopeless so and so and even then they’ll cheer you up!”

“When you’re stuck at home, sitting and staring at four walls, it makes you miserable. But you come here and you see someone smile and it makes you smile too. I had months where I just couldn’t breathe and it went on and on and on, and that really, really gets you down. What I’ve learnt here about what to do has really helped me cope and I just wish I’d know about St Clare sooner.”

– Roger

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