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JEAN DID NOT TALK FOR 8 HOURS !!!!

Fundraising for Nottinghamshire Hospice

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Nottinghamshire Hospice

Our aim is to add life to days for adults with ANY life limiting illness . Over 40,000 hours of care are provided free of charge through our Hospice at Home service. We also provide over 8,750 Day Therapy places each year providing care and emotional support to patients and their families.

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My partner Alan has a terminal brain tumour. He attends Nottinghamshire Hospice Day Care 2 days a week. He absolutely loves it there and calls it ' his people' . There are 3 reasons why I am doing a sponsord silence: 1. The only symptoms he had was his not being able to say words or he said the wrong words. His gp referred him to a memory clinic, with a 6 week waiting, but we knew it was not that or dementia, so we went to A&E, He had a scan and emergency operation to remove as much of tumour as possible. On Christmas Eve last year we received the devastating news. Grade 4. Since then he had radiotherapy and chemo tablets and as much for me as him he decided to attend the hospice, First one day a week, and then he asked for it to be increased to two. It is an amazing place offering so much...3 course meals, copious cups of tea, complementary therapy, voluntary 'Godmen 'as Alan calls them, and support for the carers too ( cripes I needed them last week ) and so much friendliness, kindness and humour and no patronising or pity. 2. Many many people donate to Cancer research charities, but by the time cures etc come to a viable affordable fruition, thousands of sufferers will die. The Hospice is for HERE AND NOW, and I see first hand what company and solace it gives, either at Day Care or in the homes of those nearing the last months of their lives . 3 Why a sponsored silence? Come on , you know me. IbreatheItalk ...all one word. Alan has no more treatment, I see his speech, interaction changing each day. I see him wanting to join in conversations, or make a comment to start one , and not be able to because he cannot say the words. It is called dysphasia (disrupted speech) I hear him practising in the morning until he gets a word right. He is frustrated and tries so hard each day, every day. I am going to try so bloody hard to put myself in his position for just 8 hours. {I did almost 5 minutes today in the pub !!!!) I am going to be so out of my comfort zone. and from the reactions I have got from announcing my choice of marathon I know it is the right one. (even from the staff and volunteers at Nottinghamshire Hospice who have only known me a few months , and customers at Books and Pieces with a "Touch of Jeanius" !! ) Please support me with your wallet ( duck tape, anaesthetic, sutures, staples, superglue have already been offered ). I can be sponsored by nano-second (thankyou Chris Najuk ), second, minute or hour. Donations can be taken as a lump sum for my effort or for just the fact I have given you all something to talk / smile/ or roll around the floor with laughter about. I just do not care about the reason. The order of the day is to start at Nottinghamshire Hospice at half 10, then at Books and Pieces with a "Touch of Jeanius" from noon until half 2, back to the Hospice ....and have just had a MRI scan appointmnt to take Alan to the QMC for 3.30, and then from half 4 till half six at the The King Billy, Nottingham. Thankyou Jon Blyth for letting me advertise and finish up there, and to thank anyone in advance to keep Alan company and talk with him for those couple of hours by the bar while I cannot. Any monies can be dropped in at the Billy before or on the day, into envelopes in Books and Pieces with a "Touch of Jeanius", or by paypal @bookspiecesandcards@gmail.com. orhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jean-blacow . Thankyou so much for getting to the bottom of this post, and also to the dozen or so of you I have seen in this first couple of days who have already given so generously and given me more determination. I am gobsmacked.... I just hope I will do it. A certain labour of love.....and for any of you thinking of trying to put me off on the day I am preparing a few choice written placards and gestures...

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