Patient Stories

We hope that the patient stories told here will allay fears, provide reassurance and help those who may have any qualms about being referred to the Hospice. If you have any questions having read these stories, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Smart, our Head of Communications, on 01432 851000.

Emotional tribute to St Michael’s Hospice nurses

Charly Flower says being able to walk out of St Michael's 'changed my world'

The meaning of life

Karl Schmidt was born in Saxony, Romania in 1936. Aged 25, he was conscripted into Chauchesku's Romanian Army. For three hard years he faced the frontline of the Hungarian Revolution: his service ended after the coldest six months of his life in the frozen wastes of Siberia.

Jade Marsh: Iron Woman

At the age of 51, Dylan Toney was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

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Because of you… we have one more photo

Paul Davies began his movie career as 4th Assistant Director on the 1958 film ‘Lady Killers’ starring Alec Guinness

Alison Davies holding her husband Paul’s hand

Because of you… my dad enjoyed my prom

In May 2013, Tom Dallow was looking forward to his 19-year-old daughter, Jessica, graduating from Barrs Court School and going to her prom.

Jessica Dallow

Because of you… our relationship has been blessed

In 2003, for a joke, Simon Derricourt went to a speed dating evening where he met Jill Nicklin

Jill Nicklin and Simon Derricourt

Because of you… Diane Sullivan was able to be a part of both her daughters’ marriages

Everyone at St Michael’s Hospice is passionate about caring for the whole family

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In 2012, at the age of 20, Steve Taylor was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour.

Because of you… we spent Valentine’s Day together

Valentine’s Day is a special occasion at St Michael’s Hospice. In 2014, the Hospice team pulled out all the stops to make inpatient Anna Morgan’s dream of spending Valentine’s Day at home with her family a reality.

Anna, Richard and Lucas Morgan

Trish & Gerry’s story

Facing your own limited life expectancy is difficult.However, what is more difficult and painful is watching your family. They live through your illness and its life-changing consequences. The ones who really suffer are the children. This is our story…

Sally’s story…

The following true story reflects one seen on a daily basis at St Michael's Hospice. Names have been changed to protect identity but many people will recognise the situation for themselves. It could have been you, a member of your family, a friend or work colleague.

John’s story…

The following true story reflects one seen on a daily basis at St Michael's Hospice. Names have been changed to protect identity but many people will recognise the situation for themselves. It could have been you, a member of your family, a friend or work colleague.