Nineteen-year-old James, who lives in Tring, has been receiving physiotherapy at the Hospice of St Francis since January 2020 following his diagnosis of Leukaemia, in April 2019.
James said: “The support from the Hospice has been great and I feel as if I’ve made really good progress thanks to all the help and encouragement I’ve had from my physiotherapist Priya.”
Prior to his illness, James was a keen sportsman playing tennis, table tennis and football. His goal was to get back to his exercise and sport as soon as possible.
Priya said: “We started with a graded exercise programme, as James’ exercise tolerance was low and we built up gradually. Eight months down the line, James is now back playing tennis and running regularly. His exercise tolerance and muscle strength have really improved.”
James’ mum, Christine, added: “The continuity of care at the Hospice has been really good. We have had Priya’s support throughout James’ time here. We were impressed with the adaptations during the lockdown period too. We started James’ sessions in the Spring Centre, then via Zoom calls at home and now we are outside in the beautiful grounds of the Hospice!”