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York Hospital cancer care centre unveils new garden
9:05am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A CANCER patient and her husband enjoyed a coffee and cake and spoke of what the York Hospital Cancer Care Centre means to them as it unveiled its new garden.
Carole McLeod, 66, has peritoneal cancer and she and her husband of 48 years Colin regularly attend the centre for the support it gives them.
She said: “Any time we have been to hospital, Michelle, Claire and Jane at the centre have always been so friendly and helpful.
“You just have to mention something in passing and they get on with it and find information for you. There are all sorts of treatments that happen at the centre.
“I have been on the ‘look good feel better’ session which is absolutely brilliant. You are there with other people who have been through similar experiences, and they might not have any eyelashes, eyebrows or hair, but the team help each individual and the course really did the power of good and was a real boost. I’ve also had reiki there which was really relaxing. “Colin had thought that I was getting a bit uptight with the stress of everything, and the treatment really made a difference.
“He won’t always talk to me about how he is feeling. He sometimes bottles things up. When I have been going for treatments though, he won’t always stay with me.
“Instead he will often go to the centre and have a chat with the girls and they say he’s coming out of his shell and using them as a source of help.”
Both were at the centre when it hosted Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to help Macmillan Cancer Support as it also staged the grand opening of the centre’s new garden.
Carole said: “Having some outdoor space, the chance to get some fresh air and some peace and quiet will make such a difference, it will be really lovely.” The centre, which was funded by an appeal by York Against Cancer and The Press, opened in 1998 and currently helps more than 9,300 people a year.
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