The Call For Hospice

Love And Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.   Dalai Lama


As we move into the second phase of palliative radiation treatment for TLO, it was important for both of us to bring in our ‘friends’ from Hospice of Broward County to help us in this journey.  The Hospice team arrived promptly at our home on Friday, thoroughly explained the process to both of us, it was peaceful as  we signed on the dotted line.

I used the word ‘friends at Hospice’ because that is what they are, they’re our friends.  We welcome friends into our home and we cherish the time that our friends come and visit with us. We look at these new friends and thank them for being a part of this journey with us.

We are also cognizant and want to recognize our ‘old’ friends too.  Sometimes when the word Hospice is used, there is that utter silence or that blank stare …that sense of ‘what do I say next’ …know that we understand that for some, the hospice conversation might be difficult.  That’s OK too! Because…



Just being there is all that is needed! 

 windingroad We don’t know what the road ahead looks like for us. Sure, there will be a few swift curves, some winding roads and a missed turn or two.  Yet it will be all of our friends who will help celebrate this journey with us.  We’re realistic, but encouraged: We’re scared, but courageous.  We know we cannot do this alone. We’re thankful for all our friends and we are respectful of your comfort zone too.  Your thoughts, prayers, phone calls, e-mails, words or encouragement are most appreciated.  Because you have remember…

 We Might Have Cancer, But Cancer Does Not Have Us! 

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  1. Soul Dancer on October 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Compassion: a robust dance between grace and wisdom.
    Chris, I know your gifts of grace and wisdom run deep. May your gifts guide and comfort as this journey unfolds . . .

  2. Christopher MacLellan - The Bow Tie Guy on October 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Thank You Soul Dancer for your kind words and friendship. Glad you are on the journey with us!

  3. Doug on October 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Thank you, friend, for sharing. Please know I have not forgotten you or TLO. You are both in my daily prayers, as I hope I am in yours. I send you much love and lots of hugs.

  4. Christopher MacLellan - The Bow Tie Guy on October 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thanks Doug…you’re never far from our thoughts and prayers, too…Hugs back at you!

  5. Jennifer W. on October 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Chris and TLO, you are amazing human beings and it is an honor to witness your story. It brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world.

  6. Christopher MacLellan - The Bow Tie Guy on October 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks Jennifer… It is important for us to be as transparent as possible as we travel on this journey. If we can help one other person or family from our experience, we know we’ve done good!

  7. Kathy Marks-Petetit on October 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Your journey has been one of love, generosity and profound experience. I feel fortunate to know you both. May your journey continue on and on.

    Much love,
    Kathy Marks-Petetit

  8. Christopher MacLellan - The Bow Tie Guy on October 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks so much for checking in Kathy! We are so proud to have you as a part of our life! Richard will be so glad to know that you have been in touch…

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