Palliative Care Patients Tell Their Stories
When we understand what matters most to a patient living with a serious illness early in the course of treatment, the results are remarkable. Patients feel better and live better. Check out these stories of real people living with a serious illness and benefitting from palliative care.
A 23-year-old, self-described Type A personality college student and sports enthusiast. A real go-getter.
Diagnosis: Juvenile arthritis, mast cell disease, Churg-Strauss Syndrome.
A single mom whose whole world centers on the love, happiness and well-being of her young son.
Diagnosis: Chronic pain due to lupus, mitochondrial disease, autonomic neuropathy.
A 55-year-old environmental activist and director of the office of sustainability for Baltimore, who works tirelessly to help beautify her city one planted tree at a time.
Diagnosis: Stage IV appendix cancer.
Hair dresser, salon owner and unofficial therapist to her clients who turn to her not only for a good cut, but great advice on everything from boyfriends to community issues.
Diagnosis: Multiple myeloma.
A 73-year-old retiree married for more than 51 years and dedicated to taking care of his family.
Diagnosis: Colorectal cancer.
A 38-year-old artist and snowboarder.
Diagnosis: Paralysis from upper chest down due to a an accident at age 23. The resulting shortness of breath, severe nerve pain and emotional stress continued for years.
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