PALLIATIVE CARE NURSE BECOMES PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENT
On October 17, 2013, RN and Author, Judith Redwing Keyssar, was diagnosed with stage 2c ovarian cancer. (Now in 2016, she is healthy and in complete remission!) 

These are Redwing’s personal blogs about her own journey through dis-ease, healing and health.

PALLIATIVE CARE NURSE BECOMES PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENT

On October 17, 2013, RN and Author, Judith Redwing Keyssar, was diagnosed with stage 2c ovarian cancer. When a healthcare professional suddenly becomes a patient, it is an unexpected event and a challenge to mind, body and spirit. In Chinese the characters for “crisis” mean “Dangerous Opportunity.” One of the opportunities is exemplifying how Palliative Care makes a huge difference in quality of life, if initiated at diagnosis instead of at the end of an illness.

An Oncologist and a Palliative Care team at UCSF medical center are treating Redwing with full hope for a cure of her disease.

Redwing wrote recently: “Deena Metzger, author, healer, my long-time teacher/mentor, asks me, “What is the healing path for your life and all our lives that illness allows to come into being? “ THIS is the question she is grappling with, along with the stunning and awkward changes to her body, mind, and spirit that are occurring as she travels from surgery to chemotherapy and back to health on this path that is called the “cancer journey.”

She shares her blog posts here on this website, in hopes that her new insights might be of service to others. These are Redwing’s personal blogs about her own journey through dis-ease, healing and health.