One of the Hardest Conversations

I had to have one of the most difficult conversations I’ve ever had with my parents. My step mom was not going to survive her cancer, and she was in a lot of pain. She only had about two months left to live and she did not realize what was going on when we took her to the hospice center. I went with my dad, step mom, and her mom to the hospice center so she could look at what it was like there. We also tried to see a monuments dealer in Essex County NJ after the hospice visit. We did not make it to the dealer because we had a very hard time at the hospice center when we worked with the counselor. The counselor talks to you and determines what the best course of action is for you, they find out how long you have and what your condition and prognosis is. They try to do the best they can help you feel better, both as the patient and the family members.

I thought that it was sad when my step mom yelled and said that nobody had told her that she only had a few months left to live. Her brain was not really working all that well because the pain medications she was taking were making her forget things. She even managed to really hallucinate a lot when she was near the end and on really strong pain medications. My heart was torn because her mom kept on telling her that it wasn’t true and that she had to think positive. I knew that it was going to be a really good thing when the counselor told my grandma that she had to walk away and take a minute before she heard anything else and it was really sad.