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Terminally ill cancer patient says he 'wants to die' at Northfleet hospice
A TERMINALLY ill cancer patient is urging donors to throw their support behind the hospice that cares for him.
Speaking from his bed at EllenorLions Hospice impatient unit (IPU), Peter Bowery, 60, was told he was not going to recover when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and palliative car was his only option.
Even though Mr Bowery went on to be receive care from the hospice at his Darenth home, he has now returned to the IPU to keep his pain under control.
He said: "I’ve decided I would like to die at the hospice.
"In my heart I know they will give me the best possible care and grant me my wish of passing peacefully.
"I’ve been given reassurance by the hospice doctor that I should not worry - everything has been put in place.
"If I go now I know EllenorLions will look after my wife and daughters and that means I can die happy."
Mr Bowery has told his story to raise awareness of the Coldharbour Road-based hospice during Hospice Care Week, which runs until Sunday.
He said: "It’s my second stay at the hospice now and I feel like I’ve fallen into the royal suite.
"My room is comfortable and spacious and every single member of staff works their socks off.
"All of them deserve the utmost respect, from the cleaning staff to the doctors. "It’s the little things that make a big difference - the staff are all gentle, kind and do so much to bring a smile to your face.
"Where else would you get an ice lolly brought to your bedside in the hot weather?"
EllenorLions Hospice cares for seriously ill adults, children and their families.
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