My work was my life. After taking early retirement, I had no focus or routine, and my illness made it difficult for me to leave home or meet new friends. I was struggling not just with my diagnosis but with loneliness and depression. I needed something to keep myself busy and engaged, and my husband, Marvin, needed a break from looking after me all day.
I was a bit nervous coming to the Hospice Day Program at first. The staff and volunteers put me at ease and it didn’t take long for me to feel totally at home. The program is non-threatening and encouraging, with a way of getting each of us to give our best and to really think. I enjoy how we challenge and encourage each other, and have so much fun doing it!
The care here is amazing. Doing things I’ve never done before, like painting and crafts, has opened up a whole new world and gives me courage to try harder and do more. I feel so good about my accomplishments – I’m happier, more confident, and it means so much to me that my memory is improving.
I’m very aware there will be no recovery. I know what to expect but it doesn’t scare me any longer. The program has given me hope that I can carry on with a more meaningful, peaceful and enjoyable life.