Author Archives: Kathleen Clohessy (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

Book Review: “Life After the Diagnosis” by Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat

A palliative care physician offers practical advice to people living with a serious illness and their loved ones

Dr. Steven Pantilat’s “Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers” is a wonderful resource for individuals and families struggling to cope with life-limiting illness. Written in easy-to-understand layman’s terms, the book … Continue reading

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Monday Hearts for Madalene

Page Hodel creates beautiful hearts as a tribute to enduring love

It’s an honor for SevenPonds to share with our readers the story of the Monday Hearts for Madalene project, a true account of the power of enduring love.The project began in 2005, when Page Hodel first met Madalene Rodriguez and … Continue reading

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Poliovirus Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

Researchers are moving closer to understanding how the virus works

Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have used a modified poliovirus to fight cancer cells. The experimental therapy uses the polio virus to stimulate an immune response, which prevents the cancer cells from “hiding” from the immune system. The therapy has … Continue reading

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Alan Lee Takes Photos of Hospice Life

A dying photographer's poignant exhibition documents precious moments at the end of life

Alan Lee is dying. Since last June, the 69-year old freelance photographer has been a patient at the Assisi Hospice in Singapore, where he is suffering from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. But Mr. Lee is not in … Continue reading

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Congress Attacks D.C. Death with Dignity Law

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure repealing the bill

After failing to block the enactment of a Washington, D.C. law that legalized medical aid in dying earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee recently succeeded in attaching a measure to repeal the law to a 2018 spending bill. The … Continue reading

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“Death is our friend, precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke
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