Not All of Us Have an Aunt Betty February 17th 2016

I don't mean to be brash or insensitive, but we are all going to die.  That's how life works.  So why not prepare for the inevitable?  I'm not talking about assisted suicide, euthanasia or anything like that.  I'm simply referring...

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We Grieve Because We Care. February 06th 2015

Last week, three of our patients died.  Two deaths were not "surprises" as both patients had terminal cancer.  The other patient committed suicide so yes, his death was unexpected for everyone.  As nurses, we know that death is part of...

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The Day That Changed My Life May 22nd 2012

Thirty years ago today, May 23rd, my mom died after a four month "battle" with what doctors said was liver cancer.  Now that I know a little more (well, kind of...), I'm thinking it may have been pancreatic cancer.  Still,...

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The Mustard Moment July 25th 2013

Two weeks ago, one of our patients died after a year-long battle with cholangiocarcinoma.  She was only 50 years old and left behind her husband of 25 years and her 2 teenage daughters.

Yesterday, I called her husband to check in...

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