Patient Stories

Every patient that comes to Center for Hospice Care has a story. Each story, just like each patient, is different. Some people travel the world and see things that are hard to believe. Others never leave their hometown and raise a beautiful family. But what makes each story special is that it is uniquely theirs.

Here are a few stories that have made an impression on us. If you would like to share a Patient Story with us, please send your story to choices@cfhcare.org.

Georgia's Weeping Willow


Georgia Dunbar, who sits quiet most days, her mind clouded with dementia, can still sing a few lines of her own song. There’s just something about music that digs deep into our memories.

Flowers for Trisha
Flowers for Trisha

What makes you excited to wake up every morning? What are you anxiously anticipating? It’s different for all of us. From fresh baked cookies, to riding a motorcycle on a sunny day, to sweet, quiet moments with loved ones, to attending eardrum blowing concerts of your favorite band. Life has endless possibilities for meaning and quality. Even at the end...

Decidedly Early: A Family's Experience with CHC
Decidedly Early: A Family's Experience with CHC

Understandably, making the decision about hospice is often not simple for many people...

It's an Honor
It's an Honor

On September 22, 2016, a Center for Hospice Care (CHC) patient took to the skies on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. 91-year-old Wilbur Lewis from South Bend left from the 122nd Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne. He returned later that same evening where he received a hero’s welcome from the community and Center for Hospice Care staff.

 

Happy Feet
Happy Feet

Quality of life isn't necessarily anything huge or fancy. It's always in the little things: memories, people, and moments. Sometimes it's as simple as a few roses and a dance partner.

Twi-Light
Twi-Light

Bill Reynolds poetically shares his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Helen, for 10 years.

Dying Wish: One Man's Quest To Be Reborn
Dying Wish: One Man's Quest To Be Reborn

When church after church refused to baptize a dying man, the Center for Hospice Care stepped in to help grant his last wish...read more

Defying the Odds
Defying the Odds

By all intents and purposes, it is a miracle Stephen Bock is alive. When he came to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, his health was quickly deteriorating from heart disease. Add to that, years of alcohol and cocaine abuse. Even a suicide attempt.

Danny Liked to Dance
Danny Liked to Dance

Danny has been dancing all his life. Hard to imagine that at the age of six, Danny was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By the time he was 13-years-old, Danny’s mode of transportation was his wheelchair. Wheelchair or not, he kept on dancing.

Jennifer's Dream? To Meet Jeff Gordon
Jennifer's Dream? To Meet Jeff Gordon

42-year-old Jennifer Dalkowski knew she was dying. “Before I die, I want to meet Jeff Gordon,” she said smiling. And so, the making of Jennifer’s dream come true began. Bob Tyler, CSW, was the social worker who was with Jennifer and her family when she shared her wish. “I’m truly impressed with this family’s love for each other,” he explained.