Long before I embarked on a career in health administration, I knew I wanted to be a mom. Family was central in my life—I’m the youngest of five children, and my own mother, as you can imagine, was nothing short of amazing.
Receiving a difficult diagnosis can often send patients into an emotional and spiritual tailspin. They may feel that the “bottom has fallen out” and that they have lost control. Along with the physical losses and fear comes the loss of many hopes and dreams for one’s future.
Anyone who has ever taken care of someone who needs heavy duty physical or emotional support—whether that’s a newborn or an elderly family member or someone dealing with a serious diagnosis or chronic illness—knows how exhausting and stressful the caregiving role can be.
Mary Jane is a smiling face and helpful hand to her customers at a downtown grocery store, but behind her cheerfulness she was dealing with a serious health issue.
We are well into the New Year, which means, if you’re anything like the 80% of people who give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February, you’ve probably slipped once or twice already—and not just on our slick ice earlier this month.
Carole seemed to be the picture of health. She and her husband John worked out regularly and led a full active lifestyle. Everything changed when learned she had breast cancer.
Ivie had always been healthy and energetic. So when she started to feel run down she knew something was wrong. Ivie was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.