Ken Schofield's cancer diagnosis meant he was not able to be the active man he once was. His time at Day Therapy has allowed him to rekindle some of his old favourite pastimes.
“I thought that if I came to LOROS, it would just be a bunch of old people sitting round in a circle talking about how we were going to die. In actual fact though, my experience couldn’t be more opposite.”
Ken Schofield was diagnosed with cancer of the urinary tract around a year ago, in January 2018.
After undergoing an operation, he thought that he was cancer-free, however, a few months later, he was unfortunately told that it had spread to his bladder and due to other health issues, it was too dangerous to operate.
“I didn’t realise it was that serious at first, so it was such a shock when I was told there was nothing they could do,” said 79-year-old Ken, of Anstey.
Ken’s doctors soon put him in touch with LOROS and he started attended day therapy, a service which allows patients to spend the day at the Hospice away from home.
“Before I became ill I was very active and I was a member of lots of societies but over the past 12 months I’ve hardly done anything,” he added.
“The cancer has turned my life upside down.”
Initially, Ken thought coming to LOROS would involve sitting around talking about what illness he has and what the future holds.
In fact, for Ken, he says he has had quite the opposite experience, with the sessions in day therapy being ‘light-hearted’.
“Coming to LOROS has changed my view on hospices entirely,” said Ken.
“The staff and volunteers are all marvelous, they really do cheer me up.
“When I’m there, I play scrabble and talk to fellow patients, it’s great to have different conversations.
“Plus, it gives my wife a break and a bit of breathing space.”
As well as day therapy, Ken also has complementary therapy to help ease any muscle pain he gets.
He said: “I’d never had a massage before but now I have them often when I come to LOROS. They make me feel so much better.”