Nurse Hayley’s thanks for care following cancer diagnosis
Hayley Cadman, a community learning disability nurse within our Alnwick team, shares her experiences of being diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and thanks the staff who cared for her
Hayley, 28, said: “I joined the trust in September 2019, however, my health quickly deteriorated and resulted in me going on sick leave. After various tests and scans I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2020 and began treatment in February.
“When coronavirus hit I found myself isolated and my mental health really suffered. To keep my mind occupied I decided to put together packages full of goodies to be given to newly-diagnosed patients, to make their journey a bit more bearable. I came up with the idea whilst in The Northumbria hospital, being treated for neutropenic sepsis.
“Within a matter of two weeks, I had received a number of donations including products from the Body Shop, glass courage angels, personalised tote bags and embroidered face cloths. More than £800 was also raised which I used to purchase other items and the care packs were delivered to the oncology units at Alnwick Infirmary and Wansbeck General Hospital in July.
“The care I have received throughout my treatment has been second to none and every single care professional I have come in contact with has treated me with dignity and compassion.
“£345 was left over which was donated to the Maggie’s Centre which provides ongoing support for those with any cancer diagnosis.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Melanie Freedman, haematology specialist nurse at Wansbeck hospital, who has provided me extensive support throughout my treatment.”
Hayley, who has two children, is recovering well and hopes to return to work later in the year.