In 2011, when Alisha Bowell was 24, she was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She attended a weekly meditation group at the Hospice which helped her come to terms with her illness. After treatment Alisha was clear from cancer. Months after she found out the good news, however, her father, Alvin, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In December 2013 he was cared for by the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit and passed away later that month.
Alisha is a committed supporter of Peace Hospice Care. She has taken part in Push It for the Peace (2017), spoken at the Lights of Love ceremony (2017) and volunteers at the Hospice’s Watford FC Kiosk – a volunteer-run refreshment kiosk at the football club operating on match days.
“I used to have a lot of anger and resentment when I was diagnosed with cancer and during my treatment – the Hospice’s meditation group helped me let go of those feelings. My Dad was my rock during that time. Dad was so brave and fought really hard but after an 18 month battle he was admitted into the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit.
The Unit was so lovely and comforting for Dad and our family. Despite the sadness usually associated with hospices, we couldn’t have asked for better support.”
Alisha also kindly shares more of her story about her own and her Dad’s care and why she support us in a short film, click here to hear her story.