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Crossing OverNarratives of Palliative Care$
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David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001

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Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”

Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”

(p.137) 8 Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”
Crossing Over

David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

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This chapter discusses how Victor Sloski dealt with his lung cancer. When he was diagnosed of lung cancer at the age of 57, Mr. Sloski found it hard to accept. He had a happy life with his live-in companion, Shirley. Yet, when the experimental treatments failed to address his illness, Mr. Sloski accepted and prepared for death, in the hopes that the end would come soon. However, his wish for a quick death did not come. Mr Sloski's cancer metastasized from his lungs to his stomach, spleen, colon, and brain, causing him blindness. Although the palliative care team made arrangements for him to be taken care of at an inpatient unit, Mr Sloski insisted on home care. He insisted on dying at home regardless of the outcome and effects of his illness. Under the watchful eyes of Shirley, Mr Sloski died at home. Although taking care of a terminally ill patient took a physical and emotional toll on Shirley, she nevertheless bereaved gracefully.

Keywords:   lung cancer, quick death, metastasized, inpatient unit, home care, dying at home, physical toll, emotional toll, bereaved

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