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Does starting hospice care mean I've given up hope?

Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
This is a very simple question that presents a not so simple answer. It's actually a self-reflecting question -- have you given up hope? Accepting hospice care may mean that you have drained all curative options for your life-limiting disease, and some turn to hospice only as a last option. However, some turn to hospice well before the end of their life to find answers. These people may be gifted by relearning their spiruality with the hospice chaplain or receiving simple, unfettered answers from their hospice nurse. They may actually live longer than expected from the reduction of pain and mental suffering that is synonymous with having an excellent hospice team care for you and your family. And, the best part is that the hospice benefit can be revoked at any time. For instance, if your doctor finds a new, promising treatment for your disease you may elect to leave hospice and try the treatment. Starting hospice care means that you have made a difficult decision that may benefit you, as well as your loved ones, as you enter a very natural part of the life cycle.

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