When I was in hospital the first time, I was in there for a month. I got a call from my son and he was crying, ‘Mom, there’s somebody at the door and they’re trying to move into our house.’ We had been evicted when I was in hospital.
I still have a catheter strapped to my leg, and the bailiff’s at the door – ‘You’ve got to move.’ I said, ‘I just got out of the hospital. Look.’ I pulled my skirt up and showed him my catheter. I showed him the paperwork from the hospital because I hadn’t been there a day. He said, ‘Okay, but you’ve still got to go. I’ll give you a week.’
I had a week to get all my stuff out, and no money because I hadn’t worked in more than a month. But then Macmillan arrived. I didn’t have a washing machine that worked or hot water heater. So we got that through Macmillan. Obviously, hygiene is very important when you first come out of hospital.
That’s when Macmillan sent me help from the nurses. They came to have a look at my bandages.
I just relied on what Macmillan could offer me and anyone else who was willing to help.
The Macmillan nurses are fantastic. They’re really, really dedicated. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have someone like that to talk to.