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Farewell Joan

Joan, the Australian cancer blogger I mentioned earlier this week, died today. My thoughts are with her husband Kevin and their family.

Kevin blogged earlier this week about terminal agitation, and how the palliative care nurses explained to him what was going on and helped Joan cope with it. Chris also suffered from that in the last few ghastly days at the hospice, when he kept struggling to get out of bed. He was surprisingly strong and it was very difficult to stop him hurting himself. I found Kevin’s post about Joan immensely reassuring, even six months later, because it helped me understand what we went through.


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  1. Kevin Lock | 25 March 2011 at 4:24 am | Permalink


    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Those last three days when Joan experienced the ‘Terminal Anxiety’ were among the worst of that year-long fight. I still feel some guilt at having dosed her with a sedative at each event.