Patient who died from breast cancer penned heartfelt letter to hospital staff - The Leamington Observer

Patient who died from breast cancer penned heartfelt letter to hospital staff

Leamington Editorial 3rd Nov, 2019   0

A PATIENT with incurable breast cancer praised the service she received at Warwick Hospital in a heartfelt letter received by staff shortly after she died.

Mary Bonner from Warwick passed away in August, aged 52.

But just days after her death, staff on the secondary breast cancer (SBC) team received a letter from the former teaching and library assistant detailing the impact the team had following her diagnosis in 2016.

Mary wrote: “Neither myself or my husband could have coped half as well in dealing with the ‘small-scale things’ or the ‘big things’ and questions.

“I have felt very well informed and well cared for and cannot underestimate or underplay how important and valuable their support has been.

“Through the SBC Team I received their own very useful pamphlet, a booklet from Breast Cancer Care and was signposted to numerous support groups. The SBC Team has been very proactive in its support and work with SBC patients. I feel very lucky to be in its orbit.

“The SBC Team has been a lifeline and I hope it will be a beacon of light to many more patients for many years to come.”

Nurse breast care specialist Helen Millage said: “The team was humbled to receive such a beautifully written letter and will continue to strive towards ensuring all patients diagnosed with secondary breast cancer receive compassionate and individualised care.”

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