Years ago I realised that I had to do something for others, that I had to be supportive. I knew of the Cudeca Hospice by chance and I loved their motto "adding life to days".
I became an Assitential Volunteer after attending the CUDECA training course. I started accompanying patients in their homes and now I am in Care Transport, that is, I pick up patients in their homes to drive them to the Day and Rehabilitation Unit so that they can have a better sense of recovering their autonomy and self-esteem.
Volunteering is a very enriching experience and I understand that volunteering for palliative care can be even more enriching. In my case, I have learned a lot from the patients, from their gestures, their looks, their smiles, their stories; but also I´ve learned to listen to them, to understand them, to be their confidant. And above all I have learned that a smile and a hug can heal so much.