Linda Sedgwick - End Of Life Care
Linda Sedgwick was diagnosed with cancer the day after her 63rd birthday on August 2013.
Tests revealed she had bowel cancer, which had also spread to her liver, and she was immediately put on a course of chemotherapy.
This first course failed to work and so she began a second course in 2014, which initially gave her raging headaches and which her husband Andrew describes as being "horrendous".
This second course also failed and Linda's condition worsened. She became unsteady on her feet, started to hallucinate and become very dehydrated. It became apparent that she was in need of end of life care.
Through the district nurse team, Linda and Andrew were introduced to Herriot Hospice Homecare in November 2014.
We began to visit Linda in her home in Morton-on-Swale, near Northallerton, three times a day to provide personal care, which included bathing and helping her to the toilet, as well as chatting with her.
As Andrew had become the main carer for Linda, we also provided a sitting service to give Andrew a few much-needed hours to himself.
Sadly, despite a brave battle, Linda died in her sleep on Christmas Day 2014.
Andrew is full of praise for the support we provided to him and Linda during these difficult times.
He says: "I hadn't heard of Herriot Hospice Homecare before this, but having their support in the last few months of Linda's life was invaluable.
"They took so much pressure off me; I don't know what I would have done without them.
"It wasn't just what they did for Linda, which was amazing, but the fact they took time to help me as well.
"It was a very stressful time and although I consider myself a strong person, seeing your wife dying is incredibly difficult, so just to know they would be there each day to support me was such a comfort.
"They are all real unsung heroes."