Hospice is about living well.
These inspirational stories from our hospice patients and their families are about hope, caring and going the extra mile to make life the best it can be.
Inga's Artistic Comeback
Lively and cheerful at 93, Inga often reminisced about being an artist in her younger years. Hospice of the Valley nurse Cheryl Haynes could tell that passion still lived inside her—all she needed was some encouragement and inspiration. One look at the adorable pooch on the cover of our Pet Therapy calendar, and Inga picked up her pen and started sketching. Now she’s on a roll, producing 2 to 3 drawings a week. Meet a real dynamo who is one of the many faces of Hospice of the Valley.
Tressi’s Magical Train Ride
When Hospice of the Valley social worker Erin Butler learned that that her 103 year old patient regretted never riding on a train… Erin wanted to make that dream come true. She contacted Valley Metro light rail with a brilliant idea—why not take our patient on a virtual train ride? Valley Metro created a video from Tressi’s point of view… as if she were buying a ticket, looking out the window and greeting other people on the train. Tressi watched the adventure on a laptop—wonder written all over her face. And this is a trip she can experience over and over again with the click of a mouse.
More inspirational stories...
Carolyn and Albert, a Gilbert couple married 43 years, traversed the long, hard road of brain cancer following her diagnosis in January 2017. First surgery, then radiation, then chemo. But the tumor came back.
The oncologist suggested more treatment to extend life a few months, but Carolyn’s quality of life had deteriorated so much that neither she nor Albert saw the sense in that.
“Then I guess you guys have to do hospice,” Albert recalled the doctor telling them. “That was it. No guidance, no nothing.”
The 88-year-old man had a massive stroke after undergoing heart surgery with resulting complications. Nearing end of life, he was non-responsive and on a ventilator at a local hospital. Across the Valley, his wife of more than 50 years was awaiting surgery at another hospital…
On a sunny Friday morning, they were walking at Gardiner Home—the dementia palliative care unit of Hospice of the Valley in midtown Phoenix—where she was a patient and he was a volunteer.
“She’s on the move,” said Gordon Murphy, tucking the woman’s hand protectively in the crook of his arm as they strolled around the patio. “I’m here to make sure she is safe.”