Tag Archives: terminal illness

Spinning Out of Control

Life doesn’t stop because someone in the family is terminally ill

One of the difficult realities that people living with a terminal illness must deal with is the fact that life goes on much as it did before. Despite the “new normals” of doctor’s appointments and lab tests and physical changes … Continue reading

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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson

A poem that describes an encounter with mortality

“Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality.” Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, was in many ways a living contradiction. She was raised in a Calvinist, orthodox, conservative … Continue reading

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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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Documentary Review: “My Last Days: Claire Wineland”

Online documentary follows an inspirational teenager with cystic fibrosis

Claire Wineland, 19, has cystic fibrosis. She’s living on “borrowed time” as the cliché goes, because she has lived longer than doctors led her and her parents to believe she would. Claire has faced the prospect of death for her … Continue reading

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Foster Parent Only Takes in Terminally Ill Foster Children

Mohamed Bzeek has cared for many children whose lives were cut short

Most people will not take in foster children at any time in their lives. It’s a difficult thing to care for a child for most of their life, only to see them leave (possibly forever) once they become an adult. … 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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