“It’s all gone” was Pat’s response when she found out she was cancer-free mere weeks after celebrating her 80th birthday at her residential service in Bampton.
Pat, one of learning disability charity Hft’s oldest residents in Devon (and recently featured on DevonLive), was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of July and underwent an operation at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital a few weeks ago to have her lump removed.
Recently, she received the news that she was cancer-free but she was most excited about not having to return to the hospital for ongoing appointments.
All her friends at the learning disability charity’s residential service in Bampton celebrated her new-found status this week with one of her favourite meals (pancakes and ice cream) and, of course, more chocolate cake.
Kay Nicholls, Registered Care Home Manager said:
“I have to give credit to the support staff in managing Pat’s illness. Her lump was picked up early and the team ensured that Pat had speedy access to the medical care she needed.
“Additional staff were rota’d on to Pat’s initial appointment so she had extra support when needed. Staff members also gave up their days off to ensure we were able to offer consistency to all appointments including the 5am start on the morning of the operation.”
Pat turned 80 in September and was rightly treated to a beautiful celebration cake and a bundle of birthday cards.
The octogenarian has been supported by Hft for a number of years, having first lived in a flat where she was supported to live as independently as possible, before moving to the Bampton service 14 years ago.
Once she is well enough again, Pat plans to continue pursuing her loves of knitting, dancing, keeping up with soap operas and going to see pantomimes with her friend Mandy.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated throughout the month of October and this year is focusing on raising awareness around secondary breast cancer.