Later on, an older gentleman who initially didn’t seem open to sharing his deepest fears, kept asking me to call him and not forget him. So I realize that for some, just knowing someone is there is enough. After a few months, he had a heart attack, and never recovered from an already weak physique. He sadly passed away only months following the attack.
Conversations with many of the patients or caregivers stretched for months and years. Sadly, most patients have passed, except one that I kept in touch with for a number of years – a French gentleman I was paired up with over a decade following his total gastrectomy.
I have discontinued contact with some patients who were doing very well after several years, in order to make room for the newly diagnosed – the ones needing more support and requiring more of my time. Regrettably, a previous patient took a turn for the worse, and is no longer with us. Due to the language barrier, I was in contact with her daughter mostly. She had put in a call to Hope & Cope to let me know, so I called her to see how she was doing.
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