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A Full Life and a Grateful Heart

by Marjorie McGibbon, RN BScN, Paediatric Oncology Patient Navigator

 

When you read the words Palliative Care, what did you think of?   For many years of my life, and even my nursing career, I thought of death.  And, it might still mean that to you.  But I want to share with you some thoughts to help you understand that it can mean so much more to all of us, and that there is a certain peace in acceptance of what it ultimately leads to:  End Of Life (EOL) care.  Years ago, and even recently, the palliative care team was associated with negative connotations:  “death squad,” “doom troops,” the list goes on.  Now, we are seeing a shift to a new approach and greater understanding of what these special caregivers can offer their patients, at any age and any stage of disease.

 

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Navigating the road less travelled….by most

MarjorieMcGibbonby Marjorie McGibbon, RN BScN, Paediatric Oncology Patient Navigator

 

Seventeen years ago, I decided to make a career change and become a pediatric registered nurse. I invited my boyfriend (now husband) to my apartment and proclaimed that “I needed to talk.”  He looked at me skeptically, knowing that those words could potentially be ominous.  “Don’t look so serious,” I said. “I just want to change my career, not my love life!”   He chuckled out a sigh of relief.  But when I asked him seriously what he thought of my idea to switch from a long term goal of athletic therapy into pediatric nursing he simply looked at me and said, “Of course you should do it.  You’d be a natural!”

 

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