My wife, Carolyn Newsham, was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer in August 2008. After a long and courageous battle with this insidious disease, which culminated in a nearly six-week hospital stay earlier this year, we made the difficult decision to discontinue treatment.
From the day we brought Carolyn home from the hospital to begin our journey with hospice, we had one goal — to keep her at home for as long as we could. We wanted her to be able to be with her family and among familiar surroundings in her own home.
We could not have possibly accomplished this goal without the incredible compassion, empathy and professionalism of the Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice Association, and the private health care firm, Right at Home.
The nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and volunteers from Nashoba Nursing, based in Shirley, are all very special people, and my son and I can’t thank them enough for how kind and compassionate they were toward Carolyn. They always stressed that they were there for us, too, to help us get through this ordeal, and they were invaluable in lending their emotional support during this extremely difficult time.
In the last few weeks of Carolyn’s life, it became critical to have around-the-clock care for her, and we engaged Right at Home, whose local office is in Groton. We could not have been happier with them. The home health aides who stayed at our house were extremely professional, caring and compassionate, and their around-the-clock assistance was invaluable. Thank you very much for everything you did for Carolyn during her final days.
It takes special people with a great deal of empathy to provide this kind of care during the last stage of a person’s life, and the wonderful people at Nashoba Nursing & Hospice and Right at Home are just that kind of people. My family and I are grateful to them, and we will always be thankful for the assistance and support of these dedicated people.
WILLIAM H. NEWSHAM
WILLIAM P. NEWSHAM