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Advocates Push For Breakthroughs In Pancreatic Cancer Research

November 30th, 2014

pfapWherever America devotes resources miraculous breakthroughs are possible. We’re celebrating great strides made in fighting Breast, Prostate, and Colon cancers, for instance, with tests for early intervention and increasingly effective drugs. Those advances are the result of research and continuous funding.  This month hopes ride high that pancreatic cancer awareness will translate into more research for drugs or diagnostics to improve survivability from this ruthless killer well on it’s way to becoming the second leading cause of cancer deaths by 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

With A Little Help Attends Seasons of Hope Luncheon

November 27th, 2014

Marcia Ives, owner of With A Little Help, and Shawn D’Amelio, Director of Business Development, joined 45 other table captains in support of EvergreenHealth Foundation’s Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon this month.  The annual event raises money for The Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Center in Kirkland as well as Complementary Therapies, Uncompensated Care and support services for Hospice and Palliative Care offered through EvergreenHeath. Read the rest of this entry »

With A Little Help Recognizes Family Caregiving Month

November 19th, 2014

With A Little Help recognizes Family Caregiving month! Thank you for all the meaningful hours you contribute in support of parents, partners and friends in need.  We’re in awe of the dedication and poise you demonstrate as we work side by side in support of your loved one.  We join millions of Americans who pause this month to recognize all you do.

We’re inspired by your loyalty and the way you graciously make room in your lives for increasing care needs. We know it can be hard to ask for help and difficult to make financial allowances for professional caregiving relief.  We understand that hiring a caregiver often means dealing with change and privacy concerns for yourself and your family and we appreciate your generosity in letting our staff be your support. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Kate Lounsbury

November 2nd, 2014

In early December friends and coworkers of Kate Lounsbury gathered on the Bainbridge Island Ferry to remember and celebrate her life. The Bainbridge ferry paused briefly as friends released Kate’s ashes.  Kate battled large B Cell Lymphoma for several months before exercising her right to Death With Dignity under Washington’s 2008 law. With assistance from Compassion and Choices, she died peacefully at home among friends on October 26, 2013.

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A Personal Look At Death With Dignity

November 2nd, 2014

Kate, second from left, with friends from the dance world

Kate, second from left, with friends from the dance world

Last October before our coworker Kate Lounsbury died of lymphoma she asked this blogger to write about her choice to use Washington’s Death With Dignity law to acquire legal aid in dying. Kate hoped it would promote wider public understanding. Before writing, I spoke with coworkers and friends and asked for their perspectives on Death With Dignity. Many had voted for Initiative 1000 which established the law with a 58.6% margin in 2008. All said they’d vote the same way again today. That was clear. But some expressed conflict about the actual act it legalized—aid in dying. Would I make that choice? they wondered aloud. How would I feel when someone I loved made that choice?! I think many people experience similarly unsettled emotions. Some are conflicted or opposed ideologically or because of religious faith. Complicating our feelings is the fact that death is rarely discussed in our culture and is hard to imagine. In that, Kate’s view differed from us all. She didn’t have comfortable distance from imminent death. She knew her life would end– painfully– and, understanding that, she was unwavering in her determination to choose the manner in which she left this world and her beloved friends behind. Read the rest of this entry »

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