My Mom died of pancreatic cancer. As she became weaker, it was exhausting for her to communicate with medical staff. Because I spent so much time with her I had a decent idea of what the answers were but I didn’t want to speak for her and get it wrong. Eventually, a system evolved though.
My fourteen year old daughter’s friend died. Fourteen year old kids are not supposed to die and when they do, it is hard to wrap your head around it.
There are many moments in my life that defined and changed me. The death and dying process of my Mom ranks high. My Mom died in 2012 after 3 1/2 years of having pancreatic cancer. We congratulate people fighting cancer for being warriors and being strong — we call them heroes for fighting the good fight. What happens though when the patient decides they are done fighting and want to discontinue treatment? Are they no longer a hero?