A different kind of post

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/unseen/

Well, I guess not that different, but I wanted to start by sharing something I read (online) in our local paper yesterday morning before I went to work.

The article is called “Dying words: North Saanich woman’s appointment with death”, and is at http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/dying-words-north-saanich-woman-s-appointment-with-death-1.7235690

Now, I didn’t know Noreen Campbell very well.  I worked with her for a couple of years when I worked at the University of Victoria.  My friend, and then colleague (with whom I shared an office) Judy, and I were instructional designer and media developer to Noreen’s Subject Matter Expert role in the development of 2 courses on Wound Management.  What I remember most is that, while there were days when she drove us crazy (and I’m sure we drove her crazy too), Noreen was an up-front (blunt at times) person who we could have fun and great conversations with, and obviously a extremely knowledgeable nurse who cared very deeply about her patients and their suffering.  I am not going to make this a eulogy here, I just wanted to say that I liked and respected Noreen greatly, and was sad when she became ill shortly before I left the University of Victoria.

And then yesterday I read the article I linked to above, and was sad, yes, but also happy because Noreen left this life as she lived – her way – while at the same time giving her time and voice to the rights of patients to choose their end of life, not just for herself, but for everyone.  The world has lost a very special person and I am glad I got to know here, even a little.

And now, here is a picture of a kitty, because that’s what I do…


Posted on January 14, 2017, in Daily Post and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. She sounds an amazing woman – competent and compassionate. I agree with so much that she says (e.g. Often we’re preserving chronic illness rather than quality of life). I would like to go my own way too when the time comes, but every time there is a vote here it gets defeated. Ah, the kitties! They don’t know they’re mortal.

  2. It is so ironic that when my dogs/cats have been sick, the first thing the vet talks about is quality of life. When we humans get sick, we talk of life support. I so support what Noreen did–her life, her terms.

  3. Gorgeous post, Emily! Thank you for sharing about Noreen and her gifts. Very touching. You are awesome. Love, Debbie

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