It has been a heck of a year for Walsall Healthcare patient Louise Smith, who has been shielding and receiving chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
So when she was contacted to ask if she wanted her Covid-19 vaccination her response was “most certainly!”
The Walsall Wood grandmother attended the Hospital Hub at Walsall Manor Hospital on Tuesday this week for her second Covid-19 vaccination.
She explained: “I just want to be able to see my grandchildren again because I’ve really missed them. I have had to shield because I’m so vulnerable – I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 13 years ago and stem cells harvested and transplanted.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year for which I’ve been having chemotherapy and I had my appendix removed the day before the Manor went into lockdown. I had a mastectomy last October and started my chemo in January this year. I was also back in hospital again very recently after having chest pains so I have really had a year of it.
“I am mixed heritage and I know some people have hesitated about taking up the vaccine but all I can say is don’t listen to anyone who isn’t a professional or an expert. There’s too much nonsense being said about the vaccine with rumours and all sorts but people need to listen to the right information from those who know the facts, then make a decision.
“I want to get myself as well as possible so I can live my life. My poor husband Gordon has had to do so much because of me being so vulnerable and having to shield and I’m looking forward to better weather and being able to go to the park with my four grandchildren.”
Louise, aged 65, who used to teach and worked as a GP receptionist until she became ill, also wants to reassure other vulnerable patients at this time.
“Throughout all my hospital appointments and both vaccination appointments I have felt very safe. You’ve taken care of me so I haven’t felt worried about coming in.”