Archive for the 'Hospice' Category


The Blessings of Cancer

My intent was pure, but my chest was tight. I really wanted this.  As each member of the group entered the room I introduced myself and I was welcomed with hearty handshakes, but I also noticed the sideways glances. I was welcome, but not one of them. This was a group of cancer fighters, a group of men who shared
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Caregiving in a Nutshell

My definition of caregiving: I will never be able to explain how, but I can always tell you why. Tweet


Charlie Brown Goes to the Opera

Ain’t life grand? With just a few button pushes, we can listen to music, read the headlines, or communicate across the world, but in spite of these modern     miracles, technology still struggles to express the very nuances that make us human. Very recently, I posted on Facebook that I purchased tickets to a Broadway show coming to town,
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  Tonight, while eating a can of cold baked beans over the kitchen sink, I was reminded that this is the holiday season, a time of thanks and feasting, perhaps not always in that order. I am very grateful for my beans. I eat them cold so my wife, who is bed-ridden in the front room, cannot smell food being
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Beautiful People

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Tweet


Two Champions




I confess I am tired. No, I am exhausted. Physically and emotionally I am exhausted. A week ago I was deeply concerned by my wife’s new pain, a pain from a different place in her body, a body so compromised by constant pain already. Once that pain was controlled a new pain presented itself. A day with cancer is never
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Jesus For Diabetics

  I have a friend I’ll refer to as “N” whom I have great respect for. She is brilliant. She is highly intellectual and still deeply spiritual. I believe that she can succeed at anything she puts her sizable mind and imagination to, except to explain to me the meaninglessness of cancer, pain, and one Jesus Christ. She believes that
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And That Person Is Me

  This quote from Twain found on the anonymity of the interwebby resonates through me. It disturbs me, much like the bees in a hive rattle their home when threatened, or when simply misunderstood. It makes me think of things past, present, and future, and not all of it is warm and fuzzy. I’ve lived what most would considered a
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You Mean, Besides The Cancer?

So, am I a winner?

Somewhere in the bible it says that anyone who gives up their life for another is truly blessed, or wins a car, or something. It is not my intent to offend those who believe in blessings or cars, but I can tell you from ground zero that giving up my life for my wife was a no-brainer decision. It was
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