Category Archives: So, You Got the News

Addiction: The Terminal Illness No One Talks About

Addiction and its aftermath kill millions of Americans every year

Turn on the radio or TV news today and you will probably hear something about America’s epidemic of drug abuse. Opioids (a class of drugs that includes prescription medicines like oxycodone and fentanyl as well as the illegal drug heroin), … Continue reading

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Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Millions of family caregivers across the United States feel abandoned and alone

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” ~Rosalynn Carter The number of people in the United … Continue reading

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Doctors Debate Medical Aid in Dying — Again

Are doctor's putting their own discomfort ahead of their patients' needs?

Over the past several years, a number of states have enacted legislation legalizing medical aid in dying, or physician assisted death. The salient points in each of these laws are essentially the same. They allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults … Continue reading

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Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Why second opinions are essential

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians~ Alexander the Great When a doctor tells you you have cancer (or any life-threatening illness) your natural reaction is to ask him or her, “What should I do?” You’ve just … Continue reading

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Is Palliative Care Right for You?

When cure is not an option, palliative care can improve quality of life

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia   … Continue reading

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Vulnerability and Connection Help Us Heal

Have the courage to be vulnerable when you feel alone and afraid

Each month Kathleen Clohessy, R.N., offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. Kathleen comes to SevenPonds with 25 years experience as a registered nurse caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness. She began her career in the … Continue reading

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