Justin's story

My wife, Amy, was such an active, vibrant person. She loved to run and go to the gym and she never smoked, so when a niggly cough wouldn’t go away, at first we thought we didn’t have anything to worry about. We soon received the devastating diagnosis that none of us ever wants to hear. Amy had an extremely rare form of lung cancer and it was terminal. How on earth were we going to tell our two little children this?

That’s when Prospect Hospice stepped in. They explained everything they could do for us, including helping us to best support our children. When our world was crumbling they offered us a level of care you just don’t get anywhere else. I’m so incredibly thankful we have such a fantastic charity in our community.

Amy’s treatment was extremely challenging, but the hospice was constantly in touch, and reassured us she could go into the hospice whenever she wanted so they could stabilise her symptoms. We knew people who had been cared for by Prospect Hospice in the past and how wonderful their care had been. Amy was adamant that was where she wanted to spend her last days.

The cancer spread quickly and the time came for Amy to be moved to the hospice. Once she arrived there, everything became so much easier. With no set visiting hours, I could be there whenever I wanted. Our feelings and wishes were always prioritised above everything else. The communication and care the staff provided was truly exceptional. Whenever I noticed any changes or anything different, they knew exactly what to do and acted quickly, adjusting medications and treatments so that she became more like Amy again and we could enjoy more precious moments together.

On Amy’s last Saturday, we had a lovely day together. We went out into the hospice’s beautiful garden and talked about our children and the life we had shared. We both felt it was important that I be at home with our children when Amy died, so when the time came a few days later, Amy’s mum was by her side as she died peacefully.

I went to the hospice the next day, and the nurses couldn’t have been more caring. I was touched and comforted knowing that right until the end they’d treated Amy as one of their own. Amy had the best death possible.