Life Stories by Gateway Hospice


Gateway Hospice

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Dec 17, 2019


Pennsylvania - Greater Pittsburgh Area

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At the age of 6, Don received a diagnosis that would change the course of his entire life. A rare lung disease required him to undergo a radical surgery and would cause him to spend the rest of his life in and out of hospitals.
But, despite the fact he was never fully healthy, Don still had big dreams to live fully and fought to experience all he could before ultimately receiving a double-lung transplant at the age of 48.
Living fully has unique meaning for each of us. We all come into this world as a blank slate, but leave it with a range of experiences and stories that attest to who we are, what we care about, and what we believe in. These stories are within us and our individual experiences shape the meaning of our life from how we spent childhood growing up in our families, to having one of our own; from finding purpose through a career, or simply experiencing adventure in the day-to-day along the way. Whether its major life events like Dons experience or the everyday small things that make our heart smile, what do we want to share with those we care about? What lessons have we learned, or advice would we like to give?
Gateway Hospices Life Story Project, led by our volunteers passion, compassion, empathy, and listening spirit, afford hospice patients the opportunity to record their Life Story. Gateway Hospice volunteers are trained and equipped to guide the patient (and their family) through the journey of sharing their experiences and what is most important to them.
Recording their Life Story using a voice recorder, video recorder, and/or putting their stories together in a scrapbook with pictures are the ways in which volunteers can help give a voice to their story. The captured story lives on film, record and in the hearts of their loved ones forever.
To learn more about Gateway Hospices services and programs, or the Life Story Project, please visit our website at or contact us today at 412-536-2020. Storytelling is just one of the many ways the value of relationships and love are reflected in all that we do!
Editors Note: This article was written by Amylyn Verrone, Community Development/Volunteer Coordinator with Gateway Hospice. She may be reached at 412-536-2020 or See Ad on page 157.

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