SIAN’S STORY

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“Mum was an amaz­ing wo­man. We miss her ev­ery day”

“It was May 2016 and my mum, Shirley, had been go­ing back and forth to the doc­tors. We were told she had in­op­er­a­ble can­cer. ‘There’s noth­ing they can do,’ she said. ‘I want to spend the time I have left with my fam­ily.’ We promised her we’d be there to hold her hand through it. She was amaz­ing – so strong and coura­geous.

“Even­tu­ally, Mum de­cided she wanted to go into the hospice. The re­lief she felt when she was ad­mit­ted was amaz­ing. I re­mem­ber her set­tling down and just say­ing: ‘This is what I wanted.’ The nurses would hold Mum’s hand and talk to her like a hu­man be­ing. We could go and see her when­ever we wanted – that meant a lot.

“The morn­ing Mum died, we were there. My brother and his wife had popped out and when they got back, we let her know. And she just slipped away. It was like she’d been wait­ing. A nurse said: ‘You’re such a strong fam­ily. I can see the love you have for each other.’

“To give some­thing back, Sarah and I now vol­un­teer ev­ery year as col­lec­tors for the Great Daf­fodil Ap­peal. It’s a lovely way to re­mem­ber our mum.” Sian, vol­un­teer col­lec­tor

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