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Palliative care - it's a beautiful place. It's not the curtains, the nice pictures on the wall, the items with little gold plaques in memory of, the flatscreen TV, or the free coffee and snacks, or the free wifi, or any material thing in here. Yes, they all help.... the patient and the family. But it's...
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I wanted to share a small tradition that I had started when my youngest of 4 children passed away at 2 days old. December of 1991 I gave birth to identical twin boys when I was only 27 weeks pregnant. Needless to say they were very small and had a very low life expectancy. Miraculously the elder of the...
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Christmas. Most of my friends are out of town. My mother is dying.   Day One. Our doctor visits, gives advice, support. I tell her I didn’t think Mum would be able to speak so well. "Sometimes at the end people become very clear.” She writes prescriptions, listens to my mother’s chest. "Her heart is...
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My cousin died last Thursday at noon. My favourite cousin. The one I looked up to as a kid. She was fun-loving and full of energy and after she graduated from nursing school she moved to Santa Monica to work for a while before coming back home to get married. “I have a cousin in California,” I would...
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I have lots of beautiful fun filled memories to fondly look back on. I am very fortunate. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, children, family and friends. All in all I have a pretty good life. I can reminisce about past Christmas’s excitement when the children were young. Christmas Eve desperately...
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In 2009 my lower left lung was removed. The cancer had been caught by accident in an xray. Did not involve any lymph nodes, wasn't an aggressive type. Chemo or radiation wasn't needed. Now, 2012, it's reared it's ugly head again. This time involving a small amount of lymph nodes. A lung biopsy wasn't...
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