In March 2023, fate brought together two men facing challenging health battles at ellenor.
Colin, living with terminal cancer of the bowel and liver, and Robin, suffering with emphysema. They found common ground in their desire to access ellenor’s wellbeing services.
To their amazement, they realised an astonishing coincidence – they both married their wives on the same day, in the same year, and at the same church.
This serendipitous encounter sparked a deep friendship and a beautiful brotherhood that has provided unwavering support throughout their health journeys, and offered comfort and compassion during difficult times.
“Even with my diagnosis, I remained determined to embrace life to the fullest. There was fitness to be upheld; new people to meet. That’s why I joined ellenor’s Seated Exercise Group: eager to seize every opportunity.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Colin continues, casting his mind back to that first brush with ellenor. “I was apprehensive. But when I arrived, a very nice member of staff met me, and made me a cup of tea. I suddenly went from being anxious to feeling at home!”
Colin sat down with two men of a similar age to sip his tea. The topic of conversation?
Soon, it emerged that all three, bizarrely, were married in the same church, in the same year.
Then, one of the men – Robin – asked Colin which month, and the plot thickened again. Because Colin and Robin were not only married in the same place, in the same year – but on the same day.
The finding marked the first conversation in what was to become a firm friendship – the beginning of a brilliant, beautiful brotherhood.
“We consider each other brothers,” says Colin. “Robin is one of the main reasons I come here. I look forward to doing the exercises, of course – but also just having a chat with him.”
Robin has emphysema, which – though the condition precludes participation from the seated exercise group Colin loves – still enables him to enjoy ellenor’s art therapy sessions. Robin’s made bracelets for his daughter and granddaughter, and savoured the culture of camaraderie the class offers.
For Colin, the seated exercise group has borne similar benefits.
“This group means an awful lot. It gets me to talk to people – men and women – who are in the same boat as I am."
ellenor keeps me going; and keeps other people going, too.
- Colin, ellenor Patient
As well as attending these supportive sessions in person, Colin is also cared for by ellenor from his own home. He’s given morphine for the crippling pain of his cancer, as well as emotional support for the mental anguish it comes with.