Motor Neurone Disease (MND) case study

East Lancashire Hospice cares for people in Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe areas. We can help and provide information for people with life-limiting conditions from cancer to COPD and from dementia to Parkinson's. The support we offer comes in many forms; physiotherapy, stays in our inpatient unit for things like symptom control, complementary therapy, offering services in the community in people's own homes, Creative and Support Therapy groups, counselling and bereavement support.

To give you an idea of the support we offer people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), read Shirley's story below:

Name: Shirley Gardner

What condition do you have? Motor Neurone Disease

What town do you live in? Whalley

What does your condition stop you from doing on a daily basis? The only working part of my body is now my left arm.  I’ve had to educate it to control my daily needs.

When the hospice was first suggested to you, how did you feel? I started in day care and was happy to go because I was nosey and they had a painting day. I wasn’t frightened.

Has the hospice improved your day to day life at home? Only in the fact that it prevented me from feeling sorry for myself. It put me in my place.

What would you say to someone with your condition that currently doesn’t use the hospice?  I would encourage someone with MND to consider the hospice because the staff are friendly and have time to converse with patients. I found mixing with other people who had other conditions and difficulties put my own into context.

  • If you suffer from Motor Neurone Disease and would like to know if the hospice can help you, please call 01254 287000.

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