A Quality Life

A Quality Life: Episode 7, Valerie’s Palliative Care Story

October 30, 2015

In this episode of our Quality Life series, we hear from Valerie Wallace, a young, vibrant, upbeat mother of three diagnosed with colorectal cancer that spread to her liver. Valerie shares how palliative care helped treat her debilitating symptoms and kept her treatment goals centered in her care.  Valerie’s palliative care team helped to coordinate her care with other doctors and provided an additional layer of support on which Valerie came to rely.

A Quality Life: Episode 6, Angela’s Palliative Care Story

September 30, 2015

In this episode of our Quality Life series, we hear from Angela James, a 37-year old woman living with a multitude of illnesses, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. As her symptoms worsened, her quality of life began to deteriorate, until she was referred to palliative care. … Read More

A Quality Life: Episode 5, Mary’s Palliative Care Story

September 10, 2015

In this episode of our Quality Life series, we hear from Mary Tibbats, caregiver to her 88 year-old mother Mary Nolan, who has diabetes. After a rehab visit at the hospital to improve her blood flow, she went into congestive heart failure. Mary Tibbats shares how palliative care not only helped coordinate her mother’s care and improve her quality of life, but provided support to Mary as she dealt with caregiver burnout. … Read More

A Quality Life: Episode 4, Malcolm’s Palliative Care Story

August 7, 2015

In this episode of our Quality Life series, we hear from Malcolm, a 51 year-old Philadelphia man whose life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Malcolm shares how palliative care helped manage his pain and improved his quality of life. … Read More

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

June 25, 2015

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. … Read More

A Quality Life: Episode 2, The Shu Family’s Pediatric Palliative Care Story

June 12, 2015

In this episode, we hear from Dannell Shu, whose son was born with severe brain damage. Dannell discusses the role that pediatric palliative care played not just in improving Levi’s quality of life, but in supporting the entire family as it navigated the waters of his chronic condition. … Read More

A Quality Life: Episode 1, Christine’s Story

June 12, 2015

In the first episode of our Quality Life Series, we hear from Christine Buehlmann, a California woman whose life changed dramatically after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and began receiving chemotherapy. Christine discusses how the physical and emotional symptoms of her disease and its treatment were hindering her quality of life, until she received palliative care. … Read More