A BRAVE cancer survivor has vowed to do all she can to help the nurses who cared for her during a recent health setback.
Hartlepool woman Pauline Bage had to have a kidney removed earlier this year after medics discovered a large tumour.
But she found herself back in hospital last month after a set-back saw her blood pressure rocket to dangerous levels that put her at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Pauline, 68, was placed on a drip in Ward 14 of James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and given tablets while medics she describes as a “team of angels” nursed her back to health.
Now Pauline, from Whitrout Road, King Oswy, is planning a country and western night at King Oswy Workingmen’s Club, where she is a committee member, to raise money to buy new blood pressure monitors for the hospital.
The retired machinist said: “They did everything for me. I don’t think I would be here today if I hadn’t sought treatment.”
Tests at the hospital revealed dehydration and a sky-high blood pressure of 216/90 – well above the average of 120/80. Her blood pressure was monitored hourly and nurses eventually got it back down to 122.
Medics have told Pauline there is no cure for her cancer but it can be controlled with Pazopanib tablets, which cuts the blood flow to any potential abnormalities.
Pauline, mum to Keith Bage, 50, Paul Bage, 48, and Mandy Dixon, 45, had been rushed to the University Hospital of Hartlepool on Boxing Day after waking up with pains in her chest she suspected to be angina.
After having an x-ray the grandmother-of-two, great-grandmother-of-one and step-great-grandmother-of-two was given a CT scan and later that night medics told her the devastating news they had found a tumour.
She stayed in hospital for around 10 days receiving morphine and two weeks later saw a specialist at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, who advised her to have the kidney removed, saying she would be able to function with one kidney.
On February 12, she underwent an operation and was later told it had been a success and that the cancer had not spread to any other organs.
Pauline, who thanked her family for their support, is due for a check-up at James Cook next month.
Thoughtful Pauline raised £900 for Hartlepool and District Hospice, which cared for her husband Billy before he died from lung cancer aged 61 eight years ago, by holding a country and western night at the King Oswy club.
Her latest event, featuring country singer Eric White, who also performs 50s, 60s and 70s music, at the club from 7.30pm on Sunday, August 18 – what would have been her 51st wedding anniversary – is a way of saying thank you to James Cook staff.
Tickets are £2 from the club on (01429) 280188.