At Kilbryde Hospice we are always grateful for the amazing support shown to us by the public and in many different ways!
Recently we received a beautiful donation for our garden area. Brenda Orrey donated two beautiful hand painted bird boxes to display in our patient garden. Brenda has a love of art and wildlife and decided to combine the two. Brenda shares her story with us and why she decided to kindly gift the hospice with the bird boxes:
“I decided to donate my bird boxes to the hospice because I was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015. Scary news, as no doubt anyone affected from cancer will agree. My initial thought was – how do I tell my family? That worried me more than anything as, at approaching my 70th birthday, I felt lucky enough to have had good health for the majority of my life should it now come to an end. However, thanks to the care and skill practiced by my G.P., Respiratory Consultant & Surgeon, I had surgery in April 2015 which was an absolute success.
I am totally cancer-free & living my life to the full again, albeit with the aches & pains of old age which does not come gracefully! I realise that so many are not as fortunate as myself, but to those of you who think that the word CANCER means CURTAINS, then take heart that with the proper care,skill and technology this is not always the case. Life can be good again, perhaps not as full-on as before but still enjoyable even at a slower pace. Looking at the photographs taken in the Hospice grounds alongside the bird boxes, no-one would be able to tell that I had suffered from lung cancer only last year. I sincerely hope that my words will give you all the encouragement to look ahead and feel positive in the knowledge that miracles can happen to ordinary people like ourselves.”
Thank you so much Brenda for sharing your story with us and, of course, the stunning bird boxes will have pride of place in the hospice gardens for years to come.
Photos: Brenda is pictured with Kilbryde Hospice volunteers staff including Macmillan TCAT Team Project Manager Heather Quail.