When my cat Tiger died she left a nearly unbearable ache in my heart. Animals do this: They hold joy and love and solace in a way humans can’t, and then they die. But after she died, I heard her. I was sitting at my desk and the...Read More
Author: Mary Ann Papageorge
“If time were short, where would you want to be?” As a palliative care clinician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. Having asked this of hundreds of patients, I have come to expect...Read More
I frequently care for patients with advanced cancer. A majority have tried some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Yet, many land back in the hospital because the cancer returned or spread widely. This leaves...Read More
Nurses crying. That’s what I hear from fellow nurses on the front lines treating Covid-19 patients. A nurse will begin the shift crying and end it crying. Crying. And we are not a profession that cries easily. Frontline...Read More
I have some patients, friends and family that are in one form of crisis or another during this time of isolation and concern with COVID-19. Whether that crisis is physical, emotional, financial or spiritual they are all in...Read More
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