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Garden House Hospice Care Greta 2

Greta’s Story

Greta is 77 and lives on her own in Offley. She read an article in a local paper about the support we give patients who have heart failure, and thought it might be a way to help with her breathing problems. Initially anxious about getting in touch, she eventually called the Hawthorne Centre.

“It took me a while to pluck up the courage to make the phone call. It’s not easy on your own but I’m very glad I’ve come. Coming to the Hospice has made a huge difference. They’ve done amazing things for me and within a little while I was doing really well. They call me The Iron Lady.

“But then lockdown came. I got to the stage where I didn’t want to leave the house, if I didn’t come to the Hawthorne Centre I wouldn’t go out at all. I come every Tuesday and I love it – they’re very good because they encourage me to do things which I don’t do on my own which is great for my confidence.

“I start with a lap around the garden to get me walking again and to get me motivated. Then I do a few little weights to help build up my muscles. I’m normally shut inside all the time so I like seeing all the flowers and being in the fresh air.

“I’m gradually getting back to being The Iron Lady again! “

“It’s hard when you’re on your own, but I’d say to anyone who’s thinking of coming to the Hawthorne Centre – make the phone call, don’t be frightened. They’re all so kind to you, they’re there for you and they want to see you, so don’t be afraid. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t come here. Even if it’s only once a week, it’s somewhere to go, a reason to get dressed in the morning. It’s the only place I get spoilt!”

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