May 5, 2017
It was a summer day in 2014 when Teresa Galloway and her family were struck with the news.
A recent round of medical tests confirmed that, what Teresa thought was a simple infection in her bladder, was uterine cancer — a rare, aggressive form that was already spreading through her lungs.
Teresa and her husband, Jim, began reading everything they could find about the diagnosis, and from the beginning, could tell that the odds were against them.
Teresa underwent a hysterectomy and several months of chemotherapy, but these treatments weren’t able to stop the spread of the disease.
By August 2015, a little more than a year after she was diagnosed, it was clear Teresa would only have a few more weeks to live. She and Jim turned to Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice for assistance creating an at-home plan.
“It was time to seek help to best manage what time we had left together,” Jim said.
The hospice aides and nurses brought compassionate expertise to the couple’s home and helped ensure Teresa’s comfort. Trusting in their care, Jim could focus on simply enjoying every moment with his wife of nearly 42 years. Their two sons and four grandchildren also cherished this precious time.
The Galloway’s home additionally became a meeting place for Teresa’s large social circle. She had been active in a quilting group and book club and had many friends from her days as a teacher.
In the final weeks and days, as Teresa’s health declined, their hospice team responded to requests for additional assistance and equipment with speed and efficiency.
“Hospice made a significant and positive difference in how we took care of Teresa those last few weeks,” Jim said.
Jim wants others to have the same options he and Teresa had. When she passed, he asked that in lieu of flowers, mourners give to Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice.
“Being able to have these services available locally is just really important,” he emphasized.
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