Steve & Sue's story
"She said that her strength stemmed from having her family around her and the specialist nurses from Rennie Grove on hand day and night if needed."
Sue Herring (shown left with her son Lee) lived in Tring with her husband, Steve. The whole family was involved in her care but they credit the Hospice at Home nurses from Rennie Grove with the fact that Sue was able to stay at home, right up to her final days, despite the severity of her condition. Sue died at home on 14 January 2014. Steve tells the family’s story in his own words…
“Sue received Hospice at Home care from Rennie Grove after doctors found cancer in her spine. The tumour caused two of her vertebrae to snap and as a result she lost 6 inches in height.
“Although she weighed just 6 ½ stone and struggled to eat without being sick, Sue found the strength to attend family functions and go out with friends. She said that her strength stemmed from having her family around her and the specialist nurses from Rennie Grove on hand day and night if needed.
“I do believe she wouldn’t have made it through Christmas 2012 if it hadn’t been for the charity’s nurses. The cancer made her feel so ill but the nurses have helped so much with everything and gave Sue back some quality of life as well as making us all feel so much more relaxed. It was so lovely to see her smile again."
Sue used to work as a night-time supervisor at Tesco and loved walking her two dogs and watching Lee play football for the local team. Steve recalls: “She used to go cycling with me before this cancer.” Inspired by this memory of happy times together and motivated by the 24-hour responsive care that’s kept Sue at home, Steve took part in our Chilterns Cycle Challenge in March 2013, saying: “I’d like to do whatever I can to make sure that other families can also benefit from this wonderful service.”
It’s not just Steve that’s been putting himself through the pain barrier to raise funds. Lee persuaded three friends to join him in a particularly painful fundraiser recently: the lads lost all their leg, back and chest hair at the Totality Day Spa in Tring. The sponsored waxing raised funds for the nursing service that helps Sue and onlookers could even have a go for £5 a wax strip!