Hi My name is Gary Rafferty, I am 45 and live in Chorlton with my son Harrison who is 9.
My wife Kirstie died in September 2015 at the age of just 43 from cancer. Kirstie was a fit, healthy and the most beautiful wife and mother up to the time she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2013. Things happened very quickly following the diagnosis and the operation to remove the tumour took place within 2 weeks. We were advised the operation had been successful and it was only after we returned for a follow up appointment that we were advised the tumour was Glioblastoma (GBM) Grade 4, the most aggressive form with a life expectancy of 6 months to 3 years. The shock and pain of hearing this news was so devastating and changed our lives forever.
Kirstie stayed so strong throughout her illness and we lived our lives to the best we could, whilst trying to retain as much normality as possible and make the most of the limited time we had remaining.
During Kirstie’s treatment we were advised by Christies to contact Beechwood for family support. One of our biggest concerns was how we could ensure that Harrison was looked after and received the best professional support both prior and following Kirstie’s death. Beechwood have been amazing in the support and counselling provided to both my son and myself, and Harrison really looks forward to his visits to Beechwood and spending time with his counsellor.
Harrison doesn’t open up and discuss his feelings at home, so it is so reassuring to know that he has the opportunity to do this at Beechwood in a safe and secure environment with an experienced and professionally qualified child counsellor.