When we are first diagnosed with a terminal illness we say…
I hope the growth is benign.
When we discover it’s not, our hope changes to…
I hope the treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation) will be effective.
When treatment is no longer effective, we hope for more time.
When that hope fades we are then left with the final hope… to die peacefully.
Hope is the constant thread to our existence.
Without hope, life is empty and futile.
Many oncologists don’t refer patients to Hospice earlier so they maintain hope.
I remind them that the national average shows patients live longer when placed into a Palliative/Hospice Program.
Hope and Hospice go hand in hand.
As we seek to finish up the final tasks we “hoped to get to one day,” remember:
We’re never without Hope…