Bad news from the doctor is devastating! The news can worsen symptoms or exacerbate an illness simply due to anxiety. People have known to burst into tears, yell in anger, scream in fear, or display no emotion. Once they have gained the opportunity to process the news, they may start trying to understand the prognosis. [...]
Tonight, I thought about one of my favorite childhood movies, Hercules. I was easily captivated by good music and happiness. This movie was different because it was meant to tell the story, from a child's perspective, of the greek god. The movie like most had a hero, villain, love interest and a battle between good [...]
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit my sweet friend Lindsey. You can read some of her writing at her blog Life Abundantly. Lindsey, who is ranked high on my admirable people list, invited me over for coffee and sweet treats. I knew that the afternoon would be special but I didn't expect to experience [...]
The journey of hospice can be long. Especially working in the Big City of Birmingham. People are moving about the hospice journey day or night. Or after years of providing hospice care each patient would become routine. However, that is never the case. Hospice is never routine. Every day is different. Every single hour. Every [...]
In Korea people don’t stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Instead, they get up in the middle of the night and they hike a mountain. They climb through the dark, snowy pre-dawn hours and when they reach the top they stand with their faces to the sky to greet the first sunrise of the New Year.
What a contrast to how we in the West often enter the New Year – stumbling out of bed at noon, tired and quite possibly hungover. For many, January 1st is a day of recovery. We spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the ending of something and the beginning of a new thing. We bombard the internet with reflections on the previous year. Even the less introspective among us take a moment to declare the past year, “the best” or “the hardest” or “the craziest” year of their lives.
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I've decided to recommit and reconnect to this blog. I've missed it. In my best southern girl voice "Y'all have to help me stay focus" Volunteerism is still my passion, giving back is still my first love, and changing the world is still my destiny. Tech, my 1st blog of 2015 is below. Did you [...]
Today was LONG! I spent most of the day entering data. In fact, I had to drink a second cup of coffee to stay alert during this "necessary" step. Sometimes it seems as if the actions of the volunteer are not important. I know I am the volunteer's advocate. It is my job to ensure [...]