We are two work colleagues and now very close friends who have found ourselves in a very unique situation. Both of our husbands have been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer that has metastasised to their liver and lungs. Sometimes it seems surreal to have a friend that is going through the same horrendous nightmare but most of the time it is a blessing. We are able to lean on each other and have a total understanding of how the other one is feeling.
Through it all we are lucky enough to have the support of our dear work friends who see us through the rough days and keep us afloat with their humour and love. Together, as a group, we decided to give something back to one of the most amazing resources we have as a community by doing the midnight walk for St Elizabeth's Hospice.
In 2014 my lovely husband Matt Davy was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. After having part of his bowel removed and 6 months of gruesome chemo he was given the all clear. In the summer of 2017, after a routine scan, we were told the cancer had spread to his liver and lungs - stage 4 this time and inoperable. Obviously this has devastated us as a family and life has become extremely tough. We now take one day at a time and cling to the precious time we have together. One of the things that makes this journey bearable is our support from St Elizabeth's Hospice. Right from the onset we were contacted by them and seen by one of their Nurse Consultants. Not only is she a lifeline when it comes to to our worries and concerns but she also counsels us through the dark times and laughs with us through the good. Matt is currently staying at the hospice for a few days as he is so run down. The care he is receiving is amazing, I have never met such friendly and caring staff. Nothing is too much for them and his well being seems to be their number 1 priority. In order to honour this fantastic, invaluable charity - me and some of my chums from my days at Avocet Academy are walking the St Elizabeth's Midnight Walk on the 12th of May. We all have our reasons for doing this but I am honoured to be walking with such a great bunch of ladies. Please dig deep if you can - we would all be so very grateful.
Thank you to everyone that has put their hand in their pocket for this amazing cause. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.