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Supporting Jane to keep battling her cancer, to live and love for longer. - Updates - Givealittle

  • An Update from Mike     5 February 2016

    Hi all -

    Jane has spent most of the past ten days in hospital.

    I am now caring for her full time.

    We are reluctant to ask for further donations after such incredible generosity has already been shown to us from so many of you.

    However, as Jane's health worsens, finances are also becoming tighter and more difficult. This is a stressful and distressing time but we are fighting hard.

    Any further donations, no matter how small, will assist Jane to continue receiving the therapies that give her relief from pain, and quality of life, as well as exploring some further possibilities that may be of benefit.

    Medically things are upsetting, and stressful, but we are trying to maintain some positivity and faith.

    Hugs to you all - and thank you.


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  • In Jane's own words...     5 February 2016
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    My Hospice Experience

    By Jane Wilkins

    Walking through the doorway of Dove House is the highlight of my week. What I once considered to be a place of solace and end of life care, or a place that would encourage ‘dying well’, now for me has become a place of encouragement to live well, a place of healing, a place to develop well-being.

    My ritual is to sit down to a cup of tea after my drive over – this is the best cup of tea of the week. I have time to brew it in a pot, let it draw and savour every mouthful. You see, I do not need to hurry and I no longer worry – I simply sit and enjoy one of my life’s pleasures – a good cup of tea, along with a morsel from the kitchen such as a club sandwich, a piece of divine date loaf, or those all too yummy scones – all made with love from the angels that give up their time to make life special for those of us who may need a little extra care, nurturing and nourishment. What a treat!

    It’s now time for me to go through to the therapy rooms. Walking along the corridor I breathe deeply and naturally relax – I know that whatever happens today, I will leave with some extra wisdom on board and my heart will be filled with the love and tenderness shown by my practitioner. Each and every one of the therapists I have had the privilege of working with has enhanced my day in some way and I am always grateful for what I learn here. I do not wish to exclude anyone, but I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks for two therapists in particular.

    The first is Aaron. I tell him a little piece of my story and instantly the rapport is one of ease and deep understanding. Aaron explains concepts and ideas to me around health and healing. The way he relays information always connects or resonates with me, the “a-ha” moments constantly – like I have heard it all before. What I realise is he is able to tap into my inner wisdom and help me to feel more comfortable with those parts of me that I have denied, or I have been too frightened to listen to, or have been taken away from me when I am in fear, especially when dealing with conventional systems. Regardless of what I present with on any given day, Aaron has whatever I need, whether it be acupuncture needles ( which he uses at each session) for chronic gut health problems or EFT for a distressing burning rash under my arm, or an intuitive imagery/visualisation exercise for nausea. Whatever I am dealing with I leave with a sense of peace, dignity and empowerment.

    The other practitioner is Meg. Generous with her knowledge and wisdom, Meg can interpret how I’m feeling before I offer her any insights. She is one of the most calming influences with real advice. She is empathetic and at the same time encourages strength and hope. She is beautiful and elegant and I love being in her company.

    I understand that when we are open to possibilities we will be lead to what we need. I realise that at this point in my life I need the support and care that Dove House can offer me. I no longer have fear around what I might feel or see there – this place is a gift to those who are willing to accept this help and care to enhance life, to assist the struggle, to share the burden and the pain so that we can live our lives, however long they may be, as well as possible. I don’t go there to learn how to die; I go there to learn how to continue to live until my final breath.

    Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Dove House!

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  • With gratitude and hugs...     3 February 2016

    Jane, Mike and Mary have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many friends, family, and many many kind people near and far who they do not even know, in responding to this page with heartfelt donations and positive words of support.

    Your contributions over the past 5 months have allowed Jane to keep fighting. She has been able to enjoy precious time with her family, and has found some relief from the pain of her disease, through a variety of treatments and therapies (including naturopathy, homeopathy, counselling and Reiki) which your donations have helped to fund.

    Medically, things are "not looking good" but Jane has recently started a new pharmaceutical drug, which despite awful side effects, may slow the progress of her disease.

    Many of you may also have seen that "Fair Go" lent considerable support and energies to help Jane and Mike deal with the stress of problems regarding the roof on their home, late last year. The "update" to Fair Go's involvement is attached below. The night this show aired, many new Givealittle donations came in - this was so humbling, and appreciated.

    Jane truly appreciates all your messages and love. Please keep her in your thoughts, and prayers. Thank you!

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