Before my dad came under the care of Hospice of East Texas, I believed hospice meant giving up and dying immediately. As I watched, it became apparent that was not at all the case. Our family rallied around Dad, and we spent some really good quality time together and closed some holes in our relationships that we may not have had time for had we continued aggressively fighting the cancer that we had no hope of beating. Friends stopped by, grandbabies and great-grandbabies came in to see Dad and love on him. As I sat back and took it all in I realized that, had we chosen hospice care sooner we likely would’ve had much more time, and certainly more quality time at the end of Dad’s life. The level of care and compassion we received from our hospice team was beyond anything I expected. Our CNA and RN became part of our family and remain so to this day. I watched them go about their daily work with Dad and saw a level of skill, love, and compassion I’d never witnessed before. I learned how comfort care is so much different than aggressive treatment and just as important not only for the patient but also for the family.
I work for Hospice of East Texas now on the Marketing and Access team. I believe in what we do, and I feel it’s my calling to help families get the help they need when they’re at their absolute worst. It is what Dad would have done, and that’s good enough for me.