“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– Robert Byrne
It took losing Jason to find my purpose… I never imagined my nursing career would be serving those at the end-of-life. I knew I wanted to be a nurse from a young age but thought my focus would be helping children get well. That all changed when my family lost Jason.
Jason was my brother-in-law. He was a vibrant and active young man who was known for saying or doing anything to make people laugh. At the age of 19 he graduated from a local Emergency Medical Technician program and loved the excitement of going out on a call and not knowing what he was going to see. He immersed himself in his hobbies; his favorite being rebuilding a black 1966 Mustang with his father.
When he was 22, Jason started to not feel well. After a long hospital stay, we received the devastating news that he had Lupus and was in kidney failure. Although he knew his illness would change the course of his life, he tried to keep the hope that he could still do the things he enjoyed. Over a period of ten years Jason’s disease progressed slowly; our family and was always by his side. He endured dialysis multiple times a week and was a frequent visitor to the hospital. Although he knew he was losing his battle to Lupus, Jason suffered in silence never complaining to protect his family.
Community Hospice cares for patients like Jason, providing for their medical, emotional and spiritual needs that allow them to live every moment as if it were their last.
After a ten-year fight, Jason was in the hospital again and called our family together. We did not know that this visit would be our last all together. That evening, Jason spoke to each family member individually to express his love and tell us he was okay. Finally, he shared he was ready to stop fighting and wished to go home with hospice support. We knew he knew what was best for him, and we agreed to honor Jason’s wishes and called Community Hospice.
Three hours after calling Community Hospice the manager of the Durable Medical Equipment division personally delivered necessary equipment that allowed Jason to come home. Within hours of arriving home Jason’s condition declined. His mother gently removed him from his hospital bed and placed him in his favorite red chair. It was in this spot he rested his head on his mother’s chest and took his last breath.
Every call to Community Hospice is urgent. Our dedicated team of medical professionals care for more than 2,000 patients and their families each year, honoring wishes along their journey.
Community Hospice made it possible for Jason to pass on his own terms, in his own home, without any suffering. It was Jason’s experience that led me to give back and support their mission. Jason taught me many life lessons and the most important was to find my purpose and help others, which is what I strive for everyday at Community Hospice. At Community Hospice I have the privilege to help honor patient wishes, like Jason’s, and assist people in living their last moments peacefully.
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With sincere appreciation,
Danae Jordan, RN, BSN, PHN
“Honoring patient wishes, and assisting people in living their last moments peacefully.”
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