As a little girl Alison always had a caring nature. So maybe it’s natural she became a nurse after some years as a Healthcare Assistant.
So it was devastating that Alison, now in her 40s, had to leave her calling following a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and Fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which causes widespread pain all over the body.
“I just broke down crying in a shop one day. I’d reached rock bottom. And I needed a little help getting back up on my feet.” said Alison, from Weston.
“Cavell Nurses’ Trust is an absolute lifeline. I was too ill to work and was sharing a room with a family member. Cavell Nurses’ Trust gave a grant to help me setup my new home. It was so wonderful to get some independence back.
“My health still causes me difficulties. Walking can be very painful, I’ve burned my hand with a cup of tea and had some falls in the shower too. It sounds silly but I bent down at the supermarket and the pain meant I couldn’t get back up.” added Alison.
But Alison showed her trademark grit, and after five tries got back to her feet.
So Alison tries not to let her health get in the way of her life, saying: “Since I got support from Cavell Nurses’ Trust I’m training to be a Teaching Assistant and taking a course in counselling. I want to get back to caring for people.”
Alison knows first-hand that nurses feel it’s their role to help others. At the same time there’s no shame in asking for help. It may even help a person get back to the caring profession.
“And if you’re thinking of supporting Cavell Nurses’ Trust I’d say this.” adds Alison, “We all need nurses. And there are times when nurses need help. Without people donating and fundraising Cavell Nurses’ Trust wouldn’t be here for people like me.”