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Charlotte

As a child, being ill doesn't really mean anything.  Leukaemia doesn't mean anything.  Treatment (four years of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy), being off school, staying in bed, not going out in the hot summer sun, its just part of your life and you sail through it.  Its normal.  You don't know any different.  Somebody else makes all the decisions for you and you just do it. 

But being ill later on in life as an adult with a malignant brain tumor is something quite different. Suddenly life takes on a different meaning.  It is finite, although you don't quite know how finite.  You have to make deicisons about treatment, if any.  That horrible treatment.  Radiotherapy. Day after Day. Chemotherapy. Initially when I was given the choice of treatment I grabbed it with both hands but it took two and a half of the six weeks to realise that I just couldn't hack it.

An agonising decision

Depsite the fact that if I'd lasted out the therapy I'd have a longer life span, I decided to give up the treatment.  It was an agonising decision.  Now its done, I feel at peace and happy with my life.  And what a life I've had!  But in the blink of an eye my world was turned upside down.  We all have to go at some stage, I just happen to know roughly when.

I wouldn't change a thing

Without the support of my great family, friends, colleagues, the NHS and the fabulous George Thomas Hospice Care (now City Hospice) I most certainly wouldn't be in the place I am now.  I wouldn't have made it this far.  With the wonderful care of my palliative nurse, she has given me the power and the drive to look to the future, prepare for what is inevitable and leave memories behind for my loved ones so I'm not forgotten.  It's been fantastic.  I wouldn't change a thing.

After Charlotte died, her mother said:

With help from George Thomas Hospice Care we were able to honour Charlotte's final wish which was to die at home with her family holding her while she slipped peacefully away.