For the next few years Noeleen met challenge after challenge head on. But it was a difficult journey. The side effects of chemotherapy were severe and unfortunately the cancer kept coming back until, eventually, Noeleen was told it had spread to her lungs and spine. But still Noeleen continued to fight, resisting the restrictions her condition placed on her.
“When they suggested I go to the hospice, first I said ‘no way’. I told them I had to fight and I couldn’t fight lying in a bed. But they explained what a positive place the hospice is and they told me they’d always respect my wishes. So then I thought, this is where I need to go.”
Over the last few months Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services have provided Noeleen with all the expert care, pain management, counselling and therapies she needed – so that she is free to focus on life and what really matters.
“I haven’t made a bucket list or anything like that. All I want is to be mentally and emotionally able to cope – and for my family to be able to cope. And to see my daughter graduate with her medical science degree.”
“You get treatment here you wouldn’t get anywhere else. And they don’t just treat your condition, they treat you – as a person. Physically, emotionally, psychologically. They help you change your life so you can live your life.”
The impact of that care has been profound. The staff in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services have enabled Noeleen to face the severe challenges of her prognosis with positivity, reassurance and support. And with the help of our Home Care team Noeleen is also spending precious time at home with her loving family. And she is just as determined as ever.
“I’m just taking it day by day and if one of these days I’m told I don’t have long, I will have no regrets. It’s this place… I don’t know what it does, but it opens you up.”