Testimonial By Anita Jones Lux
Who did you know on our services?
How long have/were you or whoever you know been on our services?
We used hospice services for 4 weeks
Where are you from?
What has hospice been for you?
A huge relief in just knowing my loved on was treated as person and not as a “patient”. Keep him smiling and helped him to make the most of his time that was left here on earth.
Why did you choose hospice?
We were initially assigned a different company and were not pleased. Then Hospice Care of South Carolina.
What has hospice given you?
Relief in knowing there was someone dependable that would always be there when we, the family, needed someone and when Josh (patient) needed someone. Knowing there was someone who felt more like family available any time of day or night. And that Josh was happy up until his last breathe.
Who has helped you most? (spouse, family member, nurse, social worker) and how/in what ways have they helped?
Josh himself helped me the most because he had God’s Peace from the moment he was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was the most peaceful I have ever seen anyone. Lisa Jolly and Charlene Faison, Hospice of SC, helped me to keep my peace of mind knowing he was in good hands. She treated him as person and like they were part of our family. She also took the time to explain different things to the family by using terminology that we could understand. In fact, Lisa was at the house when he passed at the young age of 36. She met me in the yard and assured me he was flying high.
What can you say to someone who is thinking about receiving hospice services but aren’t quite sure yet?
Using Hospice Care of SC has truly been a blessing to me and my family. I would not hesitate to attach my name to any referral.
"January of 2013 I was diagnosed with a stage 2 Glioma Astrocytoma brain tumor. By March of 2013 I had brain surgery at Duke and they were able to remove about 80% of the tumor. After the surgery I was paralyzed on my left side and spent about a month at the Duke rehab center. At this point I was told that I would not work again and was offered disability. Determined to work again I refused disability and returned to work three months later. I then started chemotherapy treatments that would last 12 months along with a series of follow up visits at Duke every six weeks. After the first year of chemotherapy I was able to take a break but within 1 year more tumors started to grow so I started a second round of a 12 month chemotherapy plan along with radiation treatments. I just completed that round of chemotherapy about 1 month ago and now I have 6 tumors growing on my brain that are stage 3. Today (8/22/16) I started a more aggressive chemotherapy that will last another year. Since I was diagnosed I've made 34 trips to Duke and had MRI's along with labs during each visit. I've had several visits to my local Gibbs center for the chemotherapy treatments and radiation. As you can imagine the expenses are piling up. I believe in providing for my family and as long as God gives me the strength I will continue to work when I can. My doctors do not want me to work for safety reasons (I'm in maintenance) but in either case my medical expenses are outpacing my income. Some things I would like to accomplish is to finish my house that is under construction and visit the Grand Canyon with my family. They have sacrificed allot for me over the past 3-4 years and I would like to share that experience with them. I am thankful for what God has brought me through thus far and enjoy the people I have met along the way. I would also like to thank you for reading my story. God bless." - Josh