Elaine’s Story

My husband Steven was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. As a family it was heart breaking but my hubby was really strong though it all. Having 2 small children and having to come to terms with the news we had just received was very difficult. So finding out about Hope House though the macmillian centre at the city hospital was wonderful . I contacted Dawn to sort if we could come stay there and 3 weeks later we were sitting in Hope house. At that time money was very tight for us with all the travelling for his treatments and appointments and we never could have afforded to pay for accommodation that provided such a wonderful place to stay with amazing views of the sea.

Steven loved being by the sea and we were thrilled to hear that we would be able to use the apartment throughout Stevens illness. Our times spent there were wonderful and It came at a time when we needed quality time together to make memories that I will hold onto forever now that he has sadly passed. Stevens time spent at Hope House meant so much to him that his last wish was to have his ashes scattered there and Dawn opened Hope House and put on an afternoon Tea so all the family could be together to fufil Stevens last wish. Not only did it give my hubby a break from his cancer but his diabetes too as his blood levels were all over the place with all his medication but not at hope house his blood levels where perfect the whole time which showed he was relaxed and at ease which was what he needed with all his chemo. All I can
say is thank you to everyone at hope house as it came to us at a time when we needed to spend time away from everyday life and time not to think about the BIG C and treatment.

Many Thanks to all the team at Hope House who run this unique service.


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