I Wish I Could Meet M.A.S.H. Character Hawkeye Pierce

I Wish I Could Meet M.A.S.H. Character Hawkeye Pierce
If I was able to spend time with any choice of a fictional character, I would chose to spend time with Hawkeye Pierce from M.A.S.H. This character fascinates me because he is so complex. He has deep compassion, amazing skill as a doctor and surgeon, but has an incredible sense of humor along with lightning... Read more »

People do not want to talk about death, but should

As many of you know, I work in hospice. Due to my profession, I think about end of life issues a great deal. There is one particular issue that bothers me more than most. People do not want to talk about death. Even family’s with a loved one on hospice often do not want to... Read more »

How long is TOO long to live?

It has been just about eight weeks since my mom passed away. Family is doing okay and better yet, we know she is in a better place now. I have had many different thoughts since her passing. I want to share one particular thought that keeps going through my mind. I also work in hospice... Read more »
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Putting my mom on hospice -- 2015's biggest decision

This year, 2015, was a very difficult and challenging year for me and my entire family. Both my parents faced serious illness and sadly, my mother passed away on November 11th, 2015. I was her medical power of attorney (P.O.A.), and therefore, her decisions were mine to make as she had Alzheimer’s and could not... Read more »

My mother lost her battle with Alzheimer's -- A mixed blessing

My mother lost her battle with Alzheimer's -- A mixed blessing
I have been blogging about my family’s  journey with my mother’s Alzheimer’s.  Sadly, my mother lost her battle with Alzheimer’s earlier this month. It was a very mixed blessing for our family. I say this due to the fact that we are very sad to lose her, but also celebrating that she is no longer... Read more »

My mother no longer knows who I am -- Alzhiemer's takes a little bit more.

My mom has left us yet again. I went to visit my mother today. She has been in a neuro psych hospital in Indiana. My 26 year old son went with me. When we arrived after a two and a half hour drive, they put us in a small room with a couch and a... Read more »
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Dear Ellen Degeneres -- Can We Be Friends?

Dear Ellen Degeneres, I really want to be your best friend. Why … Because I need fun in my life and you are the epitome of fun! I mean you were voted Showtime’s “Funniest Person in America” in 1982. I love to laugh and I miss laughing as life has been anything but fun recently.... Read more »

Would you want to be tested to know if you will get Alzheimer's?

I have been watching my mother struggle with Alzheimer’s for several years now. It wasn’t too terrible  until this past year. That’s when everything became insane. She is now violent, delusional,  and is hallucinating. She is presently in a neuro-psych hospital three hours away. Put simply, it is a disaster. I cry, pray and worry.... Read more »

A picture is worth a thousand words -- My mother's last piece of art due to Alzheimer's

A picture is worth a thousand words -- My mother's last piece of art due to Alzheimer's
My 78 year old mother made this picture with crayons and water colors. She made it in an art class for Alzheimer’s patients. My sister and her husband were visiting that day and were given the picture by mom. My sister had it framed for me for my birthday. I was thrilled because my mom... Read more »
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Loving the Chicago Cubs is in my D.N.A.

Loving the Chicago Cubs is in my D.N.A.
I grew up in a Cubs family. My grandparents and my parents were all die hard Cubs fans and raised us to be as well. My maternal grandfather taught me to appreciate the game of baseball and especially the Chicago Cubs organization. I have watched my family wait for years and years to see the... Read more »