The call came on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seven years ago.
Michelle Buscher, then 42 years old, was soundly slumbering, enjoying the last day of a three-day weekend before going back to work. Her phone rang promptly at 8 a.m. The woman at the other end of the line told her that her test results came back. Michelle had lobular invasive carcinoma.
“What did you say?” she asked the woman, waking up her husband, Jerry.
“Honey, you have cancer. You need to come in tomorrow and talk to the surgeon,” the woman explained.
And that quickly, in two short minutes, Michelle’s seemingly perfect life evaporated into a nightmare. “Your whole world turns upside down in a moment’s notice.” Read the rest of this entry »
When Carol Harms went in for her annual mammogram this February and a suspicious spot was found, she didn’t give it too much thought.
There’s very little presence of cancer in her family. And she had been feeling intermittently unwell since November, so she thought the spot might be an anomaly. The previous year, her mammogram required a follow-up mammogram, which turned out to be nothing.
She was more concerned about the biopsy six days later. She recalled thinking, “I’m going to have to do this biopsy, and it’s going to hurt.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you ask Helen “Buzzy” Burris what one of her final wishes would be, the fun-loving mother will reply with a smirk, “Tall, dark and handsome.”
Her response reveals some of the spirited banter she shares with the people in her life. Even upon entering hospice care, she has maintained her same fun-loving character and unbridled sense of humor.
Buzzy is the recipient of the Sharing Wishes Fund’s 200th wish. The fund, managed by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, grants the wishes of hospice patients throughout central Illinois. Read the rest of this entry »
Each day spent caring for people who are living their last moments or taking their last breaths might seem like a difficult job. But for Memorial Home Hospice caregivers, the rewards are countless. When the end of life is near, the unimportant falls away and a reminder of what it means to really live rises to the top.
“As a nurse, I have the privilege of assisting families and patients at the most vulnerable times in their lives,” said Maureen Tarrant, a Memorial Hospice nurse. “The bonds you forge with families last a long, long time.”
This privilege teaches our hospice providers valuable life lessons. Here are ten of those lessons they are reminded of in their daily work. Read the rest of this entry »
Memorial’s Sharing Wishes Fund is celebrating five years and nearly 200 wishes granted. The Fund provides wishes for hospice patients across central Illinois. See some of the many wishes featured in this video provided by Mary Bretscher, MD, associate medical director for Memorial Home Services Hospice.
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The traditional star or angel just doesn’t cut it anymore. Trees are now being topped with bows, ribbons, sprays and picks. Get in the holiday spirit with our video about how to create a tree topper featuring Jason Wood and Steve Dunker, Festival of Trees designers since 2013.
Here are some additional tips from Jason and Steve to get you started! Read the rest of this entry »
Super Survivor Lisa Woods
When Lisa Woods received the news she had breast cancer, she wasn’t surprised. As the seventh woman in her family to have breast cancer, she was braced to hear the news from her doctor one day.
Lisa, who’s 46 and grew up in Springfield, has had annual mammograms since she was 26 years old, long before the age of 40 when women are recommended to receive yearly mammograms.
Her mother is a two-time cancer survivor; other women in her family who have had breast cancer are her three aunts, a grandmother and a great-aunt—all on her mother’s side of the family. Her grandmother, one of her aunts and her great-aunt all lost their battles with breast cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
An Elvis fan wishing to visit Graceland.
A 63-year-old man wishing for a laptop to complete his family tree.
A mother and grandmother wishing to have a pizza party for more than 30 relatives.
An avid car lover wishing to ride around Lake Springfield in a Cadillac.
Thanks to Memorial’s Sharing Wishes Fund, administered through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, all these wishes came true for hospice patients looking to fulfill life-long dreams. Since its inception in 2012, the fund has granted more than 125 wishes for hospice patients and their families across central Illinois. Read the rest of this entry »
Since its establishment in 2012, the Sharing Wishes Fund has made a significant impact in the lives of many hospice patients and families in central Illinois.
Whether it is a special family-and-friends gathering or a visit from a distant loved one, the wishes Sharing Wishes that help providing a meaningful touch to the hospice experience for those who benefit. As we near the granting of the 125th wish, we look back on some of the most memorable wishes so far.
Carol’s final wish takes her soaring ‘like an eagle’
On a warm summer evening, with a sky as blue and clear as it comes, Carol Cray set off in a hot-air balloon to fulfill a longtime dream.
“I’ve always wanted to glide and soar like an eagle,” she said as she watched the colorful balloon inflate on its takeoff spot — an empty plat of grass near the Wal-Mart in Lincoln. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s no need to feel intimidated by creating your own wreath when you can enjoy this 7-minute “How To” video with Megan Henley Brown of Trendsetters in Chatham. After all, if 98.7 WNNS radio host Chris Murphy can do it, anyone can!
Henley Brown takes viewers through the process in four easy steps:
- Fluff the branches—a very important first step designed to refresh the branches of artificial wreaths.
- Work deco mesh into the wreath for color and added texture.
- Add glittery decorative elements including large bulb ornaments, bamboo sticks or flowers.
- Finish the look with ribbon highlights.
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