Benedict Clenton was just ten years old when his Mum Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Here is Benedict’s story: “Two years ago I received the dreadful news that my Mum had breast cancer. Of course, there was lots of reassurance and fantastic medical care, but it was a difficult time as I had to watch my Mum go through months of gruelling treatment.
“I hated seeing my Mum suffer. The doctors did an amazing job but it was a challenge for both me and her to keep everything going. I knew that it was getting harder and harder for my mum to put a brave face on things.
“Then, about half way through the treatment, my Mum was referred to St Luke’s. I was worried – St Luke’s is a hospice – a place where people die. I didn’t want to think about that. But here’s the big news – news that I told my form when they were choosing a charity to support – St Luke’s helped my Mum to LIVE! They looked after my Mum so well. Sometimes I would go with her for appointments and then I saw just how wonderful the nurses were. They put my Mum back together again. St Luke’s helped my mum be the wonderful person she is today.”
St Luke’s Day Hospice services supported Sarah in a variety of ways during her treatment and recovery from breast cancer. These included Hypnotherapy and complementary therapies including Reflexology and Reiki. Sarah also took part in a seven week Fitstart programme, which is run in conjunction with Brio Leisure in Winsford, to help with her rehabilitation. She also continues to visit St Luke’s Lymphoedema Clinic.
51-year-old Sarah explained: “I was about half way through my course of chemo when I knew I was struggling. I just didn’t know how I was going to get through the next three treatments, but as a single mum I knew I needed to be there for my boys.
“I was so impressed with the care offered by St Luke’s. The nurses had such insight and empathy without me needing to explain much. They knew exactly what I needed and I left my first visit there feeling as if a weight had been lifted. I can’t thank them enough.”