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Category Archives: Terminal Cancer

They say we’re all terminal, and they are right. But, having your doctor tell you that you have terminal cancer makes it all too real. Suddenly, your priorities shift completely. These articles address the unique needs of patients, caregivers, and their loved ones when cancer is terminal.


your child as they cope with death

It’s not something people want to talk about. But, for many families, the cancer journey ends in death. What you see in your child as they cope with death will depend largely on their age and how they perceive death.Infants, up Read more…


Hospice and Palliative Care

Curing vs. HealingThere comes a time when we need to switch from curative treatment to healing efforts. We can heal, even as we die. There can be healing of relationships, spiritual healing, letting go of the things that never should Read more…


Memories

When you are terminally ill, some of the most important things to consider are your goals. They can range from the practical to making memories for your loved ones to have after you’re gone.Final WishesIt’s essential that you, the patient, Read more…


Family Care Conference

This is the 2nd post in a series on having a family care conference. See part 1, “Family Care Conference: Getting on the Same Page,”  HEREMore Meetings?Your first family care conference might have felt overwhelming. No doubt, there were a Read more…


Family Care Conference

An illness like cancer affects not only the patient but also their spouse/caregiver, children, family members and close friends. Everyone has questions, concerns, and fears. A family care conference is an ideal way to help everyone learn exactly what the patient’s Read more…


Advance Care Directive

What is an Advance Care Directive?People often think of an advance care directive in the context of a terminal illness, such as cancer. But, this legal document should be in place for unexpected emergencies, such as car accidents, as well. Read more…


Stage IV lung Cancer

Stage IV Lung Cancer: How it changed meI remember the year my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. It was 2012. Dan and I were still newlyweds, enjoying a new life together. He’d adopted my 3 daughters 9 Read more…


Spotlight on Giving Back: Priceless4Purpose, The Steve Bartlett Cancer Non-Profit OrganizationBeing diagnosed with cancer plunges patients and family members into the quicksand of physical, financial, mental, and emotional overwhelm. Dan and I were recently able to experience a break from Read more…


“You may associate grief with the death of a loved one, but any loss can cause grief, including the loss of a relationship, your health, your job, or a cherished dream.” (Help Pages.org Grief and Loss)It’s interesting how things can Read more…

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