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Blog: Hospice Views

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January is National Blood Donor Month

Honor blood donors, sponsor blood drives and encourage others to give. January is the perfect time to honor the people who help others through the simple act of giving blood. Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month. It’s a time when blood organizations like the Community Blood Center (CBC) pay tribute to the nearly 140,000 people in the Kansas City Region who give blood each year, and encourage others to start the New Year off right by coming to give the gift of life.
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Terminal Restlessness

Regina Holliday became an advocate for patient after the death of her husband, Frederick Allen Holliday II. His struggle to get appropriate care occurred over 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization at five different facilities. Today’s blog, reprinted with permission, was originally posted toRegina Holliday’s Medical Advocacy Blog in September 2011. Today, once again, I was waiting in a line at an airport.
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Patient Gives Back on “Gift of a Day”

Acts of kindness are as steeped in holiday tradition as eggnog and carolers, but the compassion of a dedicated individual can stand out as a shining example of selflessness, even in a season dedicated to giving. Bob Wertenberger, a Crossroads patient in Foxwood Springs, has such compassion. When asked to plan his “Gift of a Day,” a day that patients can spend however they want, Wertenberger chose to do something he’s done his whole life – give back.
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Recognizing Compassion Fatigue

It comes on suddenly: a burst of irritability and depression. You lose your sense of humor and ability to concentrate. You feel emotionally empty–like you’ve hit a brick wall. And sometimes, you’re angry and frustrated by all the things and people in your life, including the loved ones who need you most.