Teresa Shute 5/12/1949 – 10/4/2018
From July 2013 until the end of January this year I placed at least one post here every single day of the year. Every day except one in 2016 when Terry collapsed and was rushed to the emergency chemo ward at Cheltenham hospital.
On January 28th this year the latest Pet scan revealed that Terry’s (5th) chemo had stopped working and that we were approaching the end.
We were told that she had only days to say goodbye.
Rich, Slivi, Annalia and Rafa came from Australia, Terry’s sister Jacky from Montana, Jane from Spain. Lell made it a house full.
Mike and Linda flew in from Portugal and Jools jumped in her car. Tony & Jan braved the M25
Dozens of friends called in, rang or wrote.
Overnight a hospital bed and other equipment arrived from the local palliative team and Terry was put on two syringe drivers with a cocktail of pain, sedation and anxiety drugs. District Nurses arrived every day to refill the drivers.
I cannot express enough thanks to the many people who helped us throughout the 9 years and especially during the last few difficult weeks.
There are too many to name – they know who they are and I can never say thank you enough times.
The Linc Edward Jenner Unit at Gloucester Royal
Lilley Brooke Chemo ward at Cheltenham
Ambulance and paramedic teams
the District Nurse teams
The palliative team at Longfields Hospice
The carers from Longfields
Boots Pharmacy in Minchinhampton
Without exception Terry was given excellent treatment and kindness from all these services.
Alongside these professionals she had the loving support of family and friends – again they are too numerous to name and again they know who they are.
After a very difficult few days Terry finally passed away peacefully in her sleep at 10am yesterday morning.
This will be my last ever post, thank you for reading.
Teresa Shute RIP
Goodbye my love.