Milton Keynes Marathon 2019
As a child there were many times that we discussed what we would do first if the world was coming to an end.
Where would we go, what would we eat and how we would try to keep ourselves safe from whatever the impending disaster was that we had managed to construct in our minds.
Without much thought I also imagined that this was what would happen if I knew anyone that had been given a time span to live.
I always thought that you would just quit work and travel to areas of the world that you always wanted to go to.
Tuesday 19 June 2019 was the day that I realised that no matter what I ever thought would happen, the reality is something totally different.
This was the day that I accompanied my mum to a hospital appointment.
This was the day that the specialist told me that my mum not only had lung cancer, but that this had spread to her spine and her brain.
We were advised that as mum has previously fought lymphoma and breast cancer, chemotherapy was not an option, in fact there were no options.
They suggested that mum would have a few months left, although the average in cases like hers was 6-8 weeks.
Very quickly mum was not able to travel and was in a wheelchair within weeks.
Her health deteriorated so that just getting out go the house was too difficult.
The NHS did not have the resources to provide any assistance and so in a moment of despair I called Willen Hospice to see if there was anything that they could do.
The following day an ambulance picked my mum up and took her to Willen Hospice for some respite.
Mentally Mum picked up and she was not in as much pain.
Willen not only looked after her, they arranged for her and my stepdad to get married and provided so much help and support to not only me, but the rest of my family.
Sadly Mum did not leave Willen to come home.
She passed away just 7 weeks after our hospital appointment spending 3 of those weeks at Willen Hospice.
There are no words to express my gratitude to the staff or thanks for the facilities at Willen Hospice but what I can do is attempt to raise some money so that any other person going thorough anything like this can also receive the care and attention that my mum had.
So, despite swearing that I hated running and that after completing a half marathon in May 2018 that I was never running again….I have signed up to complete the Milton Keynes Marathon in May 2019 to raise funds for Willen Hospice.
Thank you for any donation that you can make.