As Jackie Lewis looks forward to celebrating her 60th birthday next year, she says she never would have reached the milestone without the care and support of St Luke’s over the past two decades.
“I have seen my children grow up and two of them get married. I’m thankful that I’m still here and I’m still looking forward, I never ever in a million years thought I would get to 60.”
Jackie from Winsford was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of just 39 and with three young children to care for. She was referred to St Luke’s for support from our Lymphoedema service, Day Hospice and counselling team, who also supported her sons. After a period of remission Jackie sadly discovered in 2013 that the cancer had returned and is now terminal.
Jackie has received ongoing support from St Luke’s and has found our complementary therapies, in particular Reiki, have helped her to relax and manage her pain and discomfort.
Jackie explains: “The positivity in Day Hospice is just amazing really. It isn’t a place of misery, it’s a place of happiness and sunshine and light. It’s my security blanket, the place that I can go to and be me. Over the years I have never felt judged, the doctors and nurses will do whatever they can to support me. It’s where I learned to rebuild my life and it has given me the care and support I’ve needed to continue to work and look forward.”