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Everyone has a story. About losing someone close. About what it was like to have the conversation. About not talking about wishes until it was too late.

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The only decision possible

By Edie
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 My Mother was 86 when she went to the hospital to have elective hip replacement surgery.  Her post-operative course did not go liked we hoped it would.  For 2 days I sat with her knowing...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Home and family mattered most

By Dana
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Irving was my father in law.  At the age of 89, he developed chronic kidney failure. He opted for aggressive medical management and not to have dialysis. He lived for another year with home hospice...

I had the conversation with my parent .

A life and a death

By Sarah
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 My younger sister has struggled with Chron’s her whole life.  She was on steroids on and off for the last 8 years of her life.  She decided to take a risk and try Remicade… because...

I wish I had the conversation with my sibling .

Hardest conversation with mother

By Ronda
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 I am a social worker by training, but work as a community liaison/educator for a near-by hospice.  During my past 12 years working with hospice or in LTC ( long term care), I have been...

I had the conversation with my parent .

One last act of love

By Jennifer
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 May 1, 2008 my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 Lung Cancer.  The doctors were optimistic, but the treatment involved incredibly debilitating chemo and radiation, followed by surgery to remove the tumors.  Over the course...

I had the conversation with my parent .

A student of death

By Richard
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 My name is Richard.  I’m the founder of PARADIGM/Enhancing Life Near Death, a nonprofit organization with an outreach to terminally ill, chronically ill, elder and dying people. Although I’ve been working in this field for...

I had the conversation with my friend .