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November 05, 2015

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Jeanne M Hannah

There is a lot of wisdom in Doctor Campbell's observation. Thank you for sharing his perspective! Jeanne M Hannah

Brenda Casey

My daughter in law is dying from severe COPD and everyone is weary of her and find her to be a burden from this disease that she has had for 8 years. I find every little thing I do for her amazes her. She's had a difficult life and relives it now. She cherishes her grand daughter which is a precious 2 year old. Being critically ill is difficult for the families but let us all remember she is still the same person and needs her family and friends now more than ever. Is She needy? Yes, but she is also helpless and must depend on others. It's not her choice.

Wendy S. Harpham, M.D.

Brenda,
The therapies that rescue patients from otherwise fatal conditions enable some survivors to resume full, active lives and leave others in a chronically debilitated state. Supportive therapies that help some patients through a temporary rough spot are the therapies that prolong the dying process for others.
I'm not saying we shouldn't be using them unless full recovery is expected. What I'm saying is that we need to address how to meet the needs of the many patients who are chronically seriously ill--and the needs of those who care for them.
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad she has you caring for her the way you do.
with hope, Wendy

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