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Doctor wants patients to reclaim dying as part of living

Dr. Ira Byock, a national expert on palliative care, will talk about how to live and die well. When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: Free Info:http://washington.providence.org/events/phc/ira-byock-conference/ or www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring. October 25, 2015 Erica Curless The Spokesman-Review Americans are dying all wrong – spending too much time and money in hospitals and intensive care units receiving invasive treatments instead of enjoying those last, valuable days …Read More

A nurse with fatal breast cancer says end-of-life discussions saved her life

By Amy Berman September 28 To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis. I am …Read More

Medicare Wants To Pay Doctors For End-Of-Life Counseling – NPR

By RUBY DE LUNA • AUG 14, 2015 For Jennifer Calnon, end-of-life discussions boil down to this: “This is my life,” she says. “I should be the one who gets to make the decision.” Calnon, of Mountlake Terrace, is 67 years old and fairly new to retired life. These days she has a list of projects she wants to finish. Like finishing the pillowcase she started years ago for her daughter’s …Read More

Last Stand – Pulse

Last Stand Friday, 24 July 2015 E. Wesley Ely The first time I saw Jessa, she lay crumpled in the ICU bed, paralyzed, expressionless and unable to speak. A military veteran, she had fought in Desert Storm, but she now was facing a deadlier and more inexorable foe: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease causes progressive loss of muscle control, and Jessa was unable to speak, …Read More

Experts on Dying, Aging as They Lived – from the New York Times Opinionator

By ALEXANDRA BUTLER JUNE 17, 2015 At 10 years old I knew my parents did not wish to be resuscitated nor plugged into machines in the event of serious illness. They told me they were not afraid of death but rather of being kept alive at any cost. I knew they would refuse medical interventions, if they felt there was no purpose except to separate the dying from their deaths. They were …Read More

Wisconsin is learning how to die

La Crosse is a small town in western Wisconsin, right on the Minnesota border. It has about 51,000 residents. And La Crosse has, over the past three decades, done something remarkable: nearly all its residents have a plan for how they want to die. “One of our doctors recently told me that making a plan is just like taking blood pressure or doing allergy tests,” says Bud Hammes, a medical …Read More

Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe

Hooked up to machines and a breathing tube, Joseph Mox, 55, can’t talk to the doctors and nurses bustling around a Johns Hopkins intensive care unit. But they know he likes to be called Joe, enjoys “NCIS” and relied on his Catholic faith through bouts of colon and esophageal cancer. And they jokingly ask him for a good deal on brakes because they know he used to manage a truck-parts …Read More