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1 June 2020

Nick's 100 Challenge is for St Michael's Hospice

Nick’s 100 Challenge is for St Michael’s Hospice

Diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer in 2006, Nick Nenadich needed four major operations to remove tumours, part of his diaphragm and a lobe of one lung. He also endured sessions of chemotherapy and latterly immunotherapy. Throughout this time, Nick has remained positive and believes he has much to be thankful for. 

Within Herefordshire Nick is well known for his work caring for disadvantaged children and his enormous contribution to community sport, especially rugby and cricket having played for many local teams, Hereford, Bromyard and Luctonians Rugby Clubs. Hereford City Sports, Bromyard, Burghill and Tillington and Brockhampton Cricket Clubs. Without a doubt, local-sport remains close to his heart.

Nick said, ‘St Michael’s have helped me enormously. Until recently I thought a hospice was a place where people go to die, and it was all about end-of-life, but I now know it is about much more than that. They have provided psychological support for my family and me, helped me with new techniques in breathing and new ways of managing my progressive illness. But perhaps most importantly pain management, which has become one of the most disabling issues for me and the thing that denies you the quality of life.

St Michaels has helped me to find a balance in my life, and I feel fortunate to have connected with Dr Tony Blower, the Hospice’s Medical Director who is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of palliative care. At times, I have felt incredibly sore and uncomfortable, and Tony has been able to smooth things out for me, which is something I will be eternally grateful for.’

Ultimately, I thought, what can I do? I know more than ever the Hospice needs support. I am limited physically, but both Rugby and Cricket have been two of my best friends over my lifetime, and I guess this is my way of saying, “one more time old friends… help me out here”.

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