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My Guiding Light - Billy Bragg and Veronica Barfoot


Veronica's story


Veronica's Diary

image of Veronica and billyTwo years ago I was diagnosed with bone cancer, which followed breast cancer which started nine years ago. I was asked if I would like to go the Trimar Hospice Day Care every Friday. My first thoughts were “Oh no, this is the end.” I thought that everybody would be sitting in their chairs feeling depressed, but it wasn’t quite like that. With the help of Trimar staff, we have laughed a lot, played quizzes and taken part of lots of other different activities. Even a simple thing like Scrabble brought us together, and I realised after all these years that I could paint quite well.

Then I was encouraged to write a song as part of the Rosetta image of Veronica and her husbandLife project with Billy Bragg. I thought, “No way, I can’t do that.” Then the words came to me for this song which I have dedicated to my husband who has helped me come through all of this. A few weeks ago I was told that I didn’t need the help of Trimar anymore. Although I do miss going, I realise I must move on. They are always there if I need them.


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