KHH_Issue-50 Spring-2018

As the owner of her own photography company, Becky spends much of her time travelling to weddings and corporate photoshoots. She eats, sleeps and breathes photography, and when she’s not out snapping, she can be found passing on her knowledge and passion to local photography students. However, at just 30 years old, Becky was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Following the successful removal of the cancer, Becky nowvisits the hospice as an outpatient for appointments with our lymphoedema nurse. She also gives back to Katharine House by volunteering as a driver to bring patients to our day hospice! Here’s her story: “My GP referred me to Katharine House because the operation I had removed the lymph nodes in my leg, which means my lymphatic system doesn’t drain as it should and I get swelling in my leg. Heidi is the lymphoedema nurse at Katharine House. She’s a specialist so as soon as I met her I knew I was in safe hands. She spent a lot of time getting to know me and putting together a plan that was specific to me and my needs. Before I visited the hospice, I’d been told to stop going to the gym, but after seeing Heidi and working through the plan, she said I could absolutely carry on doing the running and spinning classes that I love. I’ve actually seen a few people at my gym who have lymphoedema and have been to see Heidi at Katharine House too! Going to Katharine House made a huge difference. Once you know what you’re doing, you can manage lymphoedema yourself, but it was so helpful to have somewhere like Katharine House, and someone like Heidi to hold my hand and guide me through the whole process. I know I can always phone her for advice and she’ll always take care of the little things like making sure the special dressings are ordered, or phoning me to let me knowwhen they will be delivered.” For more information on lymphoedema, download our leaflet at khh.org.uk/downloads Lymphoedema is just one area of our work that needs support. Please donate now so we can continue to provide outpatient appointments to people like Becky. You can donate at khh.org.uk/donate In safe hands: Becky’s story One small tick from you can make a huge difference to local people facing life-limiting illness We want to make sure you’re happy with the way we communicate with you. This means we’d like to check how you’d like to hear from Katharine House and what you’d like to be informed about. To ensure you don’t miss out on updates and inspiring stories of the work you’re supporting, we’ll continue to send you occasional mailings, including our newsletter, unless you tell us otherwise. You may also have received our email newsletter in the past and we would love for you to reconfirm you are still happy for us to continue sending these to you. If you’ve received this newsletter by post, the simplest way to update your preferences is to complete and return the response form. Alternatively, you can fill in our online form at khh.org.uk/tick or call on 01295 816484. Thank you. This page has been kindly sponsored by Tibbetts Group Ltd Tibbetts House, Beaumont Road, Banbury, OX16 1RH 01295 257010 www.tibbettsgroup.co.uk

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