Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Dalai Lama
As we move into the second phase of palliative radiation treatment for TLO, it was important for both of us to bring in our friends from Hospice of Broward County to help us in this journey. The hospice team arrived promptly at our home on Friday, thoroughly explained the process to both of us. It was peaceful as we signed on the dotted line.
I used the word friends at Hospice because that is what they are, they’re our friends. We welcome friends into our home and we cherish the time that our friends come and visit with us. We look at these new friends and thank them for being a part of this journey with us.
We are also cognizant and want to recognize our old friends too. Sometimes when the word hospice is used, there is that utter silence or that blank stare, that sense of “what do I say next.” Know that we understand that for some, the hospice conversation might be difficult. That’s okay too! Because…
Just being there is all that is needed!
We don’t know what the road ahead looks like for us. Sure, there will be a few swift curves, some winding roads and a missed turn or two. Yet it will be all of our friends who will help celebrate this journey with us. We’re realistic, but encouraged: We’re scared, but courageous. We know we cannot do this alone. We’re thankful for all our friends and we are respectful of your comfort zone too. Your thoughts, prayers, phone calls, e-mails, words or encouragement are most appreciated. Because you have remember…
We Might Have Cancer, But Cancer Does Not Have Us!
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- Your Caregiving Journey: Author Interview- Lisa Ohlen Harris (caregiving.com)
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