HOPE AND COURAGE
By: Christine Vecchione RN
Hope is what parents have as they await test results- hope that the news will be good.
Courage is facing the reality that your child has cancer.
Hope is what the nurse has every work day- hope that staffing will be adequate and there will be quality time to spend with patients.
Courage is being short-staffed again and still getting through the day with a smile on your face.
Hope is what parents have after their diagnosis conference- hope that their child will beat the odds and win the battle.
Courage is preparing family and friends for the possibility that they may lose the battle.
Hope is in the heart of the nurse caring for a terminally ill child- hope that they will be able to die with dignity.
Courage is advocating for that child to those who desire to extend the length of a life and forget that the quality of that life is also important.
Hope is what parents have as their child undergoes tests to check on remission status- hope that all tests will remain negative.
Courage is facing the results- if they are negative- supporting your child as they begin a normal life and if they are positive- supporting your child as they begin the battle again.
Hope is in the heart of the nurse whose patient is near death- hope that somehow they can bring comfort to parents who are losing their baby.
Courage is doing the same for someone else next week.
Hope is in the parents as they listen to the options for a child who has once again relapsed- hope that a miracle cure will be offered to them.
Courage is choosing to say “stop-it is time to end treatment.”
Finally, hope is in the heart of the nurse and her teenaged patient as they sit on her bed in May 2002 making plans to see parts two and three of a movie trilogy which will air in December 2002 and 2003- hope exists even though they both know that this hope is not a reality.
Courage is that nurse seeing the movie on opening day as planned- alone- to honor a memory.