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Macmillan nurse made sure my husband was not in pain

Jim Kerton had so much to look forward to, including his wedding, but his wife Chris had to cope with his terminal cancer diagnosis with the help of their nurse Sue Whitehead.

Jim Kerton had so much to look forward to, including his wedding, but his wife Chris had to cope with his terminal cancer diagnosis with the help of their nurse Sue Whitehead

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Macmillan nurse Sue Whitehead.

My husband Jim Kerton was diagnosed with cancer in September 2015 after having an ear ache and sore throat for two weeks.

Cancer of the tongue was diagnosed and he underwent two major operations, demonstrating amazing courage and determination.

At 60 years old Jim thought he had many more happy years ahead, but out of the blue results from a routine scan found metastatic cancer in the spine and liver.

This meant palliative care. It was devastating news for us and the family. We married just months after his diagnosis.

Extra mile

We were introduced to Macmillan nurse Sue Whitehead, and l realised we both needed support.

She came to see us at home and made an effort to get to know us. She went the extra mile, giving us support in every aspect of Jim's life. She never let us down or broke promises. She guided us through some very difficult times, physically, emotionally and financially, but most importantly she managed Jim's pain effectively.

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Jim Kerton.

For Jim to be in as little or no pain as possible was the most important thing.

Sue came to visit us in hospital and phoned every day. She always said Jim was the most amazing man she had met and was so strong. He never complained and was constantly thinking about me.

Sue was always aware of changes in Jim and supported us through many painful times. We had utmost trust in this lady and what she did for us. l know l will never forget her.

She came to see me after Jim died in February this year and had tears in her eyes.

I can't thank Sue enough for her support. Jim and I felt that she truly deserves recognition for the amazing work she did for us and for everyone else she helps through this cruel illness.

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