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Letter: Hope prevails

Brief illness highlights health care system’s strengths.
helping hands oct. 22
Angels from heaven helped during a family’s difficult days.

Dear Editor

While patients, doctors, nurses and other people in struggle to navigate the world of health care, on behalf of the Sealy family I would like to relate one journey of hopefulness.

Tragically, Edward (Ted) Sealy lost his life after a brief journey with cancer, surviving only two weeks from the initial diagnosis. From that moment on, the medical world came to our aid, providing support while we were fortunate to have our patriarch at home, and, at the end, giving the family a place in the palliative care unit to spend time together.  At no time was Ted in pain, a blessing to be sure, and the family felt well supported.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to many agencies:  Tammy, Ambulatory Care Clinic; Scott Parker, the palliative care co-ordinator; Audrey, speech and language pathologist; Kennedy Harris, occupational therapist; Ashley, dietitian; Dr. Patricia Campbell, the palliative care lead; Dr. Melissa McGee; Dr. Mohammed; and the numerous nurses involved in Ted’s care.

At a time when there are unbelievable stresses in the medical world, these people were all angels from heaven who did their best to assist us all, and especially Ted at this difficult time. We should all give thanks to and for each one of them, and with hope in our hearts that with dedicated people like this better times lie ahead in the world of health care.

On behalf of the Sealy family

Barbara Sealy

North Battleford


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