“My life seems worth living now”

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Mary is a Day Hospice patient who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She described her 20-year journey from breathlessness to knitting to raise money for the Hospice.

The COPD hit me quite hard to start with, that was about 20 years ago. I have got serious damage to the lungs and it will never get better, it just gradually gets worse. I’m on oxygen 24/7 and I find it worse in the night than I do in the daytime, but, apart from that, I live a full life, as much as I can.

Two or three years ago, I had a really bad patch and that was when my respiratory nurses tried to convince me that Day Hospice would be good. I am SO glad that I came. My life seems worth living now. And I really enjoy coming here. The nurses are so fantastic, and the doctors. Everybody’s friendly, and it’s given me a purpose.

I also knit animals. I sell quite a few at the Day Hospice, and every bit of money goes to the Hospice because they have done so much for me, and I wanted to give them something back