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Life to be LivedChallenges and choices for patients and carers in life-threatening illnesses$
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Catherine Proot and Michael Yorke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685011.001.0001

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All may not be lost

All may not be lost

(p.9) Chapter 2 All may not be lost
Life to be Lived

Catherine Proot

Michael Yorke

Oxford University Press

Patients and carers react in their very unique way to illness and loss. Some view illness as a battle, failure or insult; others see it as a chance to take up or return to absorbing interests; others still realise a thankfulness for all that they have received in their lives. Facets of how resilience can be manifested in life-altering illness are described. Valuing patients as people and recognising, supporting and developing their resilience mark the carer’s respect for individual reactions to situations. They enable relationships of trust, hope, and love with the medical staff, family and friends. The result of these gifts may bring a sense of being held and cared for as a person by others.

Keywords:   respect, valuing patients, resilience, life-altering illness, loss

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