Testimonial by Sandra Gibson
Updated: May 1, 2018
My husband Paul Gibson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in January of 2013. He had countless radiation treatments, immunology therapies and numerous surgery including his spine. You see, even though basal cell carcinoma is a very common skin cancer, Paul was 1 in 2 million were the cancer metastasized in his spine. We received treatments at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte NC and in Shelby NC. We even flew out to MD Anderson in Houston Texas to see if they have different approaches to handle this sort of cancer. In October of 2014, our oncologist told us that there was nothing else they could do. By this time, Paul was paralyzed from his waist down and had only limited mobility in his arms. He was in need of 24 hour care.
Our children and family helped us so much, but I knew we needed more.
I contacted my friend Susan McCurry who is a nurse with Hospice of SC in Gaffney SC. She came out to our house one evening, and explained what Hospice really was. Paul was scared. He always thought that Hospice is the last step and he would die soon. After our talk with Susan, we decided that Hospice would be a great addition to his care.
Our nurse Marie Cribbs was such a loving caring person. Paul felt so comfortable knowing that he was in great hands. We loved Dr. Lori Thompson. They were always a phone call away if I needed them. Such a relief for me, trying to take care of Paul, working full time.
We have 5 grown children now. Paul was able to see them all graduated high school and next week, 2 of our boys are graduating college. Our youngest son decided to become a nurse after taking care of his dad in between high school classes. He will be getting his RN from Mary Black School of Nursing in two weeks.
Paul passed away in May of 2015, surrounded by all his family.
Hospice made the transition of his care so much easier for all of us. I never had to worry about prescription refills, medical supplies etc. They took care of everything.
If I could change anything, I wish I would have contacted Hospice sooner. They are a God sent.