My story - Eleanor Senington

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Eleanor Senington

"It was a very frightening day when the lung specialist at my local hospital explained that he would refer me to Harefield Hospital for surgery for cancer of my right lung.

Things had moved so fast, two bronchoscopies, CT scan, PET scan at the Churchill in Oxford since I had first become ill.

I met Miss Beddow at Harefield, who slotted me in for a total lung removal within days. I had not expected that, I thought it would be a lobectomy.

However she wanted another CT scan with needle biopsy just prior to surgery.

Amazingly for me, this proved that I had a lymphoma and the operation was cancelled. Imagine my emotions!

I had mentally prepared myself, family and friends and now went home to await developments!

I did have a lung operation a few weeks later, removal of a nodule for diagnosis and to confirm non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the lung.

As I already have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with Neutropenia it was decided that radiotherapy (RT) was the favoured option and I have recently completed 20 sessions.

My opinion of all treatment at NHS both locally and at Harefield could not be higher.

It is an incredible feeling to hand yourself over to such expert professionals with a feeling of relief that at last something is being done. The safe and secure hands that looked after me were all magnificent and I speak as a retired SRN, SCM, so I know good nursing when I see it.

A big “Thank You” to one and all.

My main hobby is dog showing and I was determined to show my Welsh Springer Spaniel at this March’s Crufts Show at the NEC, and I made it! Just as the staff at Harefield said I would."