Amy Culley has worked as a nurse here at Baylor Scott & White Health for more than 10 years. More than two years ago, she received the worst news of her life. At age 38, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Since that time, she has become a passionate advocate for supportive and palliative care … Continue reading Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living
The letter Several months ago, I received a thick envelope in the mail from my parents. I wasn’t expecting anything from them, so I was surprised to read a letter addressed to me and my three sisters, along with copies of my parents’ advance directives. Yet the most powerful feeling I had was one of gratitude. … Continue reading Now is the time for advance health care planning
Most likely you’ve been able to successfully put off completing these up until now. But 15 minutes from now, you’ll feel a sense of urgency that you haven’t felt before. Why? Because you love your family. Trust me, you’ve never heard a compelling reason like these before. As a bonus, the way we’ll show you … Continue reading Necessary conversations about advanced directives
The scene plays itself out over and over in hospitals across America. A patient, let’s call him “John”, lies incurably ill in the intensive care unit. A machine breathes for John and various drugs support other body functions. He’s unable to communicate. The doctor explains to the John’s family, “I’m sorry to say that John … Continue reading National Healthcare Decisions Day: What is Your Plan B?
A massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making has led to the formal designation of April 16, 2010 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This public awareness initiative seeks to increase the number of people who have thought about end-of-life care and made their wishes known through advance care directives. (See … Continue reading Take part in National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16th
“Do not resuscitate,” commonly known as a DNR or Do-Not-Resuscitate Order, means that you do not want medical personnel to revive you if your breathing or heartbeat stop as a result of a terminal illness or life-threatening injury. Unless other instructions are available, medical staff will try to help all patients who have stopped breathing … Continue reading Do not resuscitate: What does it mean exactly?
With a purse-shaped cake and a gathering of loved ones, a woman celebrates her 100th birthday, something she didn’t think she’d see when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. But thanks to the Scott & White hospice care team, she is able to have her dying wish granted. “If there’s something that a patient … Continue reading Hospice workers help patients maintain their quality of life