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Laurence's Story

“People think the Hospice is a ‘half way house’ but you only need to be here an hour to know that isn’t true."

Laurence, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer chatted to us, when he was in the In-Patient Unit. He said “People think the Hospice is a ‘half way house’ but you only need to be here an hour to know that isn’t true.

After my diagnosis, a Hospice nurse visited me at home in Essendon, but I didn’t feel I needed the help then. It did give me peace of mind though, as I knew they were there for me when I needed them. When I walked into my room in the Unit and saw the garden through the French doors, I just thought ‘wow’. The smell of the flowers in the garden first thing in the morning lifts the spirits, and gives me a zest for life and I feel freedom here. 

I was offered a massage yesterday, and as I had never had one before, I didn’t know what to expect and thought ‘why not’. Oh my God it was absolutely wonderful. I told her where it was painful for me and she put on some harp music and used a rosewood pad. The feeling of goodness, comfort, care and love came over me. It was quite overwhelming.

This person doesn’t know me from Adam and I thought, with all the stuff going on in Syria at the moment, the horror in the world, and this woman does this for me. This is what humanity is all about, it just blew me away. In the Unit, I have a positive frame of mind, and can’t thank everyone enough.”