A devoted husband who cared for his wife while she battled cancer was honored for his unwavering support of the “love of his life.”
Robert Davies and his wife Anne, who have been married for 34 years, had their marriage tested when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 49, not long after she was in a life-changing industrial accident.
When the couple, who live in Church Gresley and have four children, took on the role of each other’s caregiver, they became much more than a married couple.
Despite the adversity, the two are stronger than ever and were overjoyed when Robert, 64, was named “Carer of the Year” at the Burton Mail Heroes Awards, which were held on Tuesday, September 24 at Pirelli Stadium, the home of Burton Albion Football Club.
Anne, 56, has praised the man who “gave up his life to care for her” in this post.
“In 2003, I was involved in a workplace accident that changed my life,” she explained.
“As a result, I only have 50% use of my airways, so I have oxygen at home and use a nebulizer.”
“My husband has never left my side, and he has given his life to caring for me.”
“He’s a remarkable man.”
“When he was 49, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave Pirelli early, but he still looked after me.”
“My health has deteriorated as I’ve gotten older.” I recently underwent major surgery to insert a colostomy bag, and it appears that another procedure is on the horizon.
“However, he has remained strong, positive, and caring throughout, and I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me.”
Anne believes Robert is deserving of the award as a “special thank you” for all of his support over the years.
“He is unafraid of anything, and he takes everything in stride,” she said.
“He has half a wife who is limited, and yet in his eyes, I am still that special person.”
“He is my life’s love and caregiver; he does everything he can for me.”
“If it’s important to me, it’ll be important to him.” We’ve been through thick and thin, life and death, and everything in between.
“He’s one of a kind.”
Despite Anne’s appreciation, Robert insists that caring for his wife 24 hours a day, seven days a week is not a chore and that he is surprised to have received the award.
“When I was 49, I had a tumor in my neck and doctors diagnosed me with squamous cell cancer,” said Robert and Anne, who renewed their vows when they were both sick.
“It was a difficult period in which I was losing a stone every two weeks.”
“Anne was already sick at the time, but she looked after me, or rather, we looked after each other.”
“Fortunately, I am no longer cancer-free, but Anne has been dealt a difficult hand in life, and I will do everything I can to help her.”
“I consider myself fortunate to be able to do things for and devote my time to my wife.”
“It’s what I’m supposed to do, and it’s what I want to do.”
Robert, who has five grandchildren, said he is honored to be named “Career of the Year,” but that “there are many people who deserve it more.”
“I believe that all caregivers, especially young caregivers, do a fantastic job,” he said.
“Winning the award came as a complete surprise to me, but I am overjoyed.”
“The next day before school, my grandchildren called and said, ‘Well done, granddad.’
“The night was fantastic, and my daughter was so inspired by the young children participating in the YMCA Sleepout that she has signed up herself!”
“I don’t think I deserve to be recognized for what I do; I was on my way nowhere until I met Anne, and we are lucky to have each other.”
Anne Davies Illness
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She treated her with respect, styling her hair, taking her for walks in the fresh air even on her days off, and holding her hand in her darkest hour.
Even after a horseback riding accident that injured her ankle and forced her to take sick leave, she maintained contact with the family, providing emotional support over the phone.