Tracy McFie, whose mum Kathleen passed away in ACCORD Hospice in February 2016 after having Pancreatic Cancer, has spoken out about the support her Mum and the family received from ACCORD Hospice during her illness. Now Tracy and the family are taking on a new challenge to support the work of the Hospice.
‘’My mum Kathleen was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in October 2015 which was a huge shock to the whole family. Unfortunately by the time the illness had been found it had already spread to her liver. Doctors gave her the news that she only between 6 months and a year to live.
This is when my world fell apart.
My mum was everything to me, my soul mate, my best friend. My mum tried so hard to stay positive and fight it for her family especially her grandchildren Lachlan and Logan who adored their granny. The whole family came to her support.
During this time ACCORD had been in touch to offer my Mum a place in the Day Therapy Unit which we welcomed. Mum thoroughly enjoyed her Fridays at the day therapy unit but unfortunately her health took a turn for the worst at the end of January. This resulted in her being admitted into the Hospice in order for them look after her; providing Mum with a better quality of life.
All the staff at the hospice were amazing and allowed me to phone and check up whenever I needed to, pop in whenever I needed to and always kept me updated on how Mum was doing. They were a blessing.
My mum sadly passed away at 7.50am on the 9th February 2016. The staff were amazing before during and after. These people work so hard looking after peoples relatives they deserve a medal, they really do.
I was offered counselling at the Hospice which I attended for a while and really felt it helped. Having just passed the one year anniversary of my mums passing we went to Disneyland Paris where mum wanted us all to go as a family.
Supporting ACCORD is part of our lives now, my boys and I are taking on the Bubble Rush to raise funds and awareness of the fantastic work they do on a daily basis.
Without the help and care of the hospice and staff we never would of managed to cope or get through one of the worst times of our lives. There is not a day goes by that my boys and I don’t think of my mum.
Mum – I love you to the moon and back.
I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who helps ACCORD; as they support me and the whole family in our time of need. ACCORD is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year; and it’s with all our support they are there to care and comfort families when it’s needed most.”
If you would like to support Tracy, the family and ACCORD in her fundraising please donate here