Hi, my name is Shirley and I am 56 years. I have three children, Diana 30, Wendy 26 and Allan 24. I have 2 grandchildren, Hallie May 6, Eden Rose 3 months old and a third grandchild due in August.
Until October 2012 I was working as an accounts manager for a great company called Begbies Traynor in Manchester. I am now working as a carer for my son Allan.
On 30 June 2011 at just 21, Allan was given the devastating news that he had Motor Neurone Disease. I was distraught as my mother had died in 1997 of MND so I knew what would happen to him. How could my son have this terrible disease, he was too young, MND robs the person of everything except the mind. I knew that he would become locked in a body that would not function not even being able to speak or eat. Allan had just started his first year at University at Nazarene Theology College studying a BA in Theology, how would he cope – how would I cope.
We’ve moved out of our family home into an adapted bungalow as Allan could no longer get upstairs. Now, Allan is fully dependant on others to care for him 24/7. He is an amazing person he never moans or complains. My daughters help me to look after him and our very good friend Chris also helps and gives him aromatherapy massages to ease his aches and pains.
Allan, with the kind help of fellow students and staff, graduated on 19 October 2013. It was a most amazing ceremony. When Allan received his award the whole of his University stood and clapped and cheered. It was an amazing experience and I will treasure it in my heart forever.
Beechwood has been my rock; my sister Lorraine introduced me to the services there. I love my sessions as I can upload my heartache to my counsellor and have a complementary therapy. Beechwood is such a caring and wonderful centre, it takes special people to work in a place that is there to help and comfort people with life threatening illnesses. I am truly thankful for them. Thank you Beechwood.