Educated to Masters level, I have worked with cancer patients most of my nursing career. I worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the last 17 years in both palliative care and lung cancer. My knowledge and experience has enabled me to support patients and families medically, emotionally and practically throughout their cancer journey.
It seemed a natural progression after my retirement as a lung cancer CNS to work with LASAG where I am able to use much of my previous experience to support victims of asbestos related disease.
Having completed my initial nursing training in the early 1980s, I continued my education up to PG Diploma/MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (cancer nursing) at the University of Surrey.
I completed 33 years in the health service, having worked at St Francis Hospice and in numerous hospitals. After retiring, I found it difficult to leave it all behind, so I felt well placed with my past knowledge and experience to undertake the role with LASAG as an advisor. I thoroughly enjoy establishing this role and have set up support groups in the locality, to be able to make some small improvement for those whose lives are affected by asbestos exposure.
I managed a very successful Asbestos Support Group in the East of Scotland, before moving South to Kent. I have many years of experience supporting hundreds of sufferers both emotionally and practically and my empathic and friendly personality helps put people at ease.