A Quality Life: Episode 3, Shari and Jim’s Palliative Care Story

In this episode, we hear from Shari McClendon, who has pulmonary hypertension. We also speak to her husband and devoted caretaker, Jim. Shari and Jim detail the critical role that palliative care has played in improving their quality of life. Shari and Jim speak to how palliative care has supported their entire family in a variety of ways. Mary Martin, a nurse on the McClendon’s palliative care team, shares how the palliative care team helped Shari and her entire family to deal with the realities of this disease. At the core, this episode is about Shari and Jim, and how their 38 year marriage has endured.


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