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How lucky am I? The answer is always: VERY. And that’s all because of Hosparus Health.

There was a time not too long ago when I thought I might not make it to another holiday season. Without the wonderful care and support I continue to receive through Hosparus Health Palliative Care Program, I wouldn't be here. I truly believe that.

Today, I am not only still kicking at 87 years old, I’m able to do the things I love and enjoy each day to the fullest.

You see, I struggle with multiple health challenges, including osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism and chronic kidney disease. At my worst in October 2016, it felt like the end. I was in so much pain and didn’t see how I could go on.

When I called Hosparus Health, it was out of desperation. I couldn’t stand up straight, I couldn’t take a shower, I couldn’t sleep in my bed. I was a mess! But as soon as Hosparus Health met with me and mapped out a care plan that would keep me at home, I started to feel better! It means so much that I am treated like a real person by a dedicated, compassionate team of professionals.

My amazing nurse, Holly, runs interference for me with my regular doctors. I rest easy knowing there is a person I trust to coordinate all my care, help me manage my symptoms and medications. Holly has also been instrumental in connecting me with other care providers, including a physical therapist, which has helped my mobility immensely.

 Now, instead of being consumed by discomfort, I’m able to focus on making every day as much fun as I can. I’m pleased to share that Hosparus Health has helped me manage my pain and symptoms enough to work in my garden again, which I love! I hadn’t been able to do that for such a long time, and it was heartbreaking.

And it’s not just the medical care that has eased my struggles. I meet regularly with a Hosparus Health social worker who makes sure I have all the information I need. She has even helped me complete  my advance directives, which takes the huge burden of what to do about my care off my family.

 I have such peace of mind with Hosparus Health on my side.

I tell people all the time that you don’t have to be at the end of life to receive Hosparus Health’s services – I am proof of that! And I am amazed that, because of your support, the compassionate care they have been providing for 40 years is available to anyone dealing with serious or chronic illness, regardless of ability to pay.

Your gift today is extremely important. As someone who has had a loved one use Hosparus Health’s services, you know firsthand what a difference their care makes by providing more patients and families the chance to live their life to the fullest. 

Norma Niehaus  
Current Palliative Care Patient

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