Ella works with one of our volunteer Art Therapists, Lucy, she’s been seeing her for the last few months. Ella is blind, she has eye cancer and sadly last autumn lost her sight. Five years ago she was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a smooth muscle
In May it became just too hard to get to the hospice, sitting upright in a car was impossible so Lucy started visiting her at home. That was when she began expressing herself through poetry.
“It was my idea to write poems, it’s hard to make anything when you’re lying down. I started working on them using a little digital recorder, then I could edit them with Lucy. We’d tweak them together and she’d write them for me. This poem took me about four weeks to produce.
I like my poems to be a little bit specific and a bit vague so people can put their own take on it. I wanted to add a comedic end to it.”
You Never Know- A poem by Ella Craze
You never know when it’s the last time you will see your own reflection or see the sea,
Feel moved to pick up a paint brush,
You never know when the end is going to be,
For the very last time?
A pen laid down where it was last used,
Inadvertently thrown away…
Dancing to Billy Ocean’s red light…
Can’t hold on much longer.
Your voice, my voice,
But I don’t half like toast.
We’ve been caring for Ella at home and in the hospice
Ella lives at home with her Mum and around the time she lost her sight her doctor referred her to Martlets. It was a shock and seemed like a big step to get involved but her doctor was reassuring.
In January she stayed on the In
Through our phone line called the ‘
“We’ve always found the ‘hub’ very, very helpful. It’s often late on Friday night that something seems to flare up, they’ve got all my details and the staff
“At least twice I’ve woken up with a temperature which means I’ve got an infection that needs to be treated urgently with antibiotics.
It’s thanks to our supporters
Sadly Ella died a few weeks ago however her mum thought this story would be a fitting tribute to her. We’d like to thank Ella and her family for allowing us to tell their story.
We care for patients like Ella and her family every day of the year. We’re here when they need us, on the end of the phone in the middle of the night or visiting in person.
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