The Call For Hospice

Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~  Dalai Lama

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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.

hands-touchginI 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…

…Sometimes

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Just being there is all that is needed! 

windingroadWe 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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5 thoughts on “The Call For Hospice

  1. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    Chris, this is a beautiful and loving entry. I especially love, “We’re realistic, but encouraged: We’re scared, but courageous.” You are facing this road together with your heads held high and your hearts open. (((Big Hugs))) to you and TLO.

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  2. Avatar of DebbieDebbie

    Chris, I too love that description of your journey. Hospice has been a godsend for me and Richard. I know they will be as loving and helpful to you and TLO as they have been for us. I wish you strength and love on this journey.

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  3. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Chris, it’s beautiful the way you and TLO are embracing Hospice as new friends. The road ahead, as you say is uncertain, but you and TLO face it with such courage and love, togeter. Know that you are not alone, and I mean it, at your disposable. Prayers and hugs to both of you.

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  4. Avatar of G-JG-J

    Chris, you always have a wonderful way with words, and this time is no exception. I also love how you are welcoming hospice into your home as friends.

    My Dad was on hospice for over a year and I cannot say enough good things about their services.

    Thinking of you and TLO.

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