‘Fighting For Life’ portrayed the devotion of this couple to each other after more than 60 years of marriage and the stress that being separated caused to them. It also showed the love and determination of their children as they tried to get the help that their parents needed.
The point was made during the discussion that things had moved on since then with respect to end of life care but it was also acknowledged that there was still a long way to go particularly in terms of understanding the needs of couples who ought to be able to stay together while still receiving care or nursing.
For me as a non-health care professional and someone closer to the end of my life than the beginning it was encouraging to see that the needs of our aging population at this critical time in their lives is being taken seriously. This play is an excellent, thought-provoking way to introduce a difficult but vital subject
- Carol Smith
Great voices. Great acting. Brought the frustration to life, very effective.
Very powerful and Brian has done an excellent job in telling the story.
Honest, representation of the journey from diagnosis to the end of life that is encompassed in a report that I hope you will contrive to circulate.
The way it brought out the various personal challenges of being in need of health/social care.
Well presented – brings to life the reality of MND.
It was very moving. The warmth came through. The Q&A is needed for highlighting the message.
Reinforcing the need for good communication and a ‘conductor’ of all M.C.P.’s to support the individual.
Thought provoking – liked the concept of ‘conductor’.
Clarification of how more communication is needed, particularly on the role of hospices and our LWC.
The need for good coordination of services, for an organisation to be responsible for this and to make services and the population aware of where to turn for advice.
We need to do more to connect different aspects of care. NHS – Social Services.
Make an assertive effort to communicate better (even when I think I’ve done so). Not to assume.
It brought me back to 1997 when my Mum had an *illness* – my father had Parkinsons – He being her main carer.
Our generation is in the same boat – we can’t have status quo for our children.
A will to see change.