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by Susan Lyons | June 29, 2004
When dealing with a terminal illness or end-of-life issues, it often is difficult to feel hopeful. Although hope doesn't necessarily correlate to a miracle or a cure, individuals nearing the end of life can remain hopeful for other important things. Particularly when facing death, people can remain hopeful for reconciliation with family members or the opportunity to say or hear "I love you" just one more time. Examples of hopefulness could include hoping that a grandson will have a great soccer match, that a granddaughter will stop by for a visit, or to live to see family gathered for Thanksgiving.
February 5, 2009
APRIL 21, 1927-FEB. 3, 2009 Alice Mae Ecton Drake, age 81, a resident of Ravenwood Lutheran Village in Hagerstown, and formerly of Keedysville, Md., died Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Washington County Hospital with her family and friends by her side. Born April 21, 1927, at Antietam Furnace, Md., Alice was a daughter of the late Norman and Nina Mae Ebersole Ecton. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Richard Gallaher, who was killed while fighting in World War II, and William Lewis Drake.
by Susan Lyons | June 21, 2004
If you or a loved one are facing a terminal illness or nearing the end of life, it is important to address the medical and physical issues that will affect quality of life. Ask a health-care provider what to expect as the illness progresses. Will weakness and fatigue become common? What are the most common side effects from this medication regimen? What are possible symptoms, and what can I do about them? An individual may have some, all or none of the potential side effects.
by Susan Lyons | June 14, 2004
When facing a serious illness or terminal condition, it is not too late to plan for the future. People still can take some time to consider what is important, what is valued and what can be let go of. For some people, autonomy and self-reliance are priorities. For these people, it is vital to have an advance directive document, such as a will, durable power of attorney for health care and a plan for funeral services. Others may feel completely at ease leaving these details to a spouse or adult child.
April 12, 2004
Monthlong lecture series Hospice of Washington County Inc. and Washington County Health System will present "Strangers in a Strange Land: Living with Life-limiting Illness. " The lecture series is for people (or their family or close friends) who have a terminal condition. Participants will be presented with medical, legal, psychological and spiritual information related to end-of-life care. The series will be held at 7 p.m. and meets each Monday through May 17 at Robinwood Medical Center, Conference Room, Suite 142. The free series includes: April 19 - "Facing a Serious Illness," a panel presentation by six local physicians with representation in the areas of oncology (cancer)
March 26, 2002
Coming Out of the Shadows Thursday, March 28, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 6 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. This is a free support group for people with mental illness. The group meets every Thursday. Light refreshments will be served. CoDependents Anonymous Thursday, March 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. The group will not meet Sunday, March 31. The group normally meets every Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benevola United Methodist Church, 19225 Benevola Church Road, Boonsboro; however they will not meet Sunday, March 31. Twelve-step fellowship for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.
September 21, 2003
Résumé: Adviser to palliative care program, Washington County Hospital. President, Rotary Club of Long Meadow. Board member, Diakon Lutheran Social Services. Board member, Horizon Goodwill. Board member, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Board member, Brook Lane Health Services. Born: May 16, 1933. Family: Wife, Rebecca; sons, William Jr., 44, and J. Michael, 41. Education: Bachelor's degree in pre-med from Ohio Wesleyan University, Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University.
by Susan Lyons | June 7, 2004
Facing a serious illness or terminal condition is one of the most difficult situations an individual can experience - whether it is your own personal illness or that of someone you love. Having the knowledge and communication tools to participate in developing a treatment plan with your health-care provider can reduce anxiety and fear, plus provide the individual or family member with feelings of control in an often uncontrollable situation. Where does the average person start to get the information they need to make knowledgeable decisions and know what questions to ask?
January 4, 2012
Mrs. Dora Elaine McSherry “Dodie” White, 74, of Little River, S.C., died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C.   Born April 10, 1937, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late George and Georgia McSherry. She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1955. She graduated from Catawba College in 1959, where she was honored as Miss Catawba, and served as attendant to the court of Miss Catawba throughout her college education.
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