Palliative care offers guidance and comfort

“I’m 47 and I’ve made my own way since I was 12. So giving up independence is hard for me. I don’t like being a burden. But Treasure Coast Palliative Care has made it so I don’t really feel like I’m a burden.... I've gotten more out of cancer than cancer ever got out of me.”

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Sometimes the little things make all the difference.

When Larry Morris of Port St. Lucie first consulted with Treasure Coast Palliative Care, he had become severely malnourished after more than a decade of cancer treatments left him unable to digest solid foods. Hearing this, his palliative care nurse asked Larry and his wife Kristine if they’d ever thought about pureeing his meals.

“It was like a lightbulb went off,” Kristine said. “I started pureeing everything: steak, vegetables, roast pork… anything Larry craved.”

With more flavor on his plate, Larry got his appetite back while enjoying a wider range of foods than he’d tasted in a long time. Soon, he regained energy from more nutritious meals.

Little changes can make a big difference in nutrition and energy to live the life you enjoy—and with the help of our caring and wise medical staff, you can tap the expertise to make those changes. We’ve seen what works for a wide variety of illnesses and treatments.

Jack and Anne Mason of Port St. Lucie live better with the guidance of Treasure Coast Palliative Care. Rather than focusing on food preparation, one small change to pain medication made the difference.

Fifteen years ago, a fellow railroad employee found Jack doubled up in pain. He went to a doctor who diagnosed Jack  with colon cancer. Treatment quickly began.

“I’m just a regular guy,” Jack said. “My attitude’s always been you just have to get up off your butt and deal with things.”

But as the disease progressed, so did the intensity of pain, and getting up got harder and harder. Eventually the pain was so debilitating that John’s doctor referred him to Treasure Coast Palliative Care.

Palliative care acts as a consulting service, helping patients and their loved ones to understand their medical situation and the options open to them. Patients continue to receive whatever offered curative care that they choose.

Often in palliative care consultations, relieving the patient’s pain tops the priority list. So when the Treasure Coast Palliative Care nurse practitioner met the Masons, the first thing she did was to recommend a change in pain medication. After careful review, she determined there were better options to help Jack manage pain and still get the most from his life.

In short order Jack was able to get back up and start gardening again, return to the vintage car shows he loved, and run his model railroad around the Masons’ former dining room.

“I can do everything I did before, but moderately,” he explained. Cancer isn’t robbing him of his freedom to enjoy life, and his palliative care nurse continues to adjust his pain medication as his underlying disease progresses.

“But I’m still here,” Jack said, “and I’m still getting around.”

Larry Morris has a similar appreciation for the palliative care services he has received.

“I’m 47 and I’ve made my own way since I was 12,” he said. “So giving up independence is hard for me. I don’t like being a burden. But Treasure Coast Palliative Care has made it so I don’t really feel like I’m a burden.”

Larry finds it’s easier for him to reflect on his life now that he has more energy.

“I’ve gotten more out of cancer than cancer ever got out of me,” he said.

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Jack Mason
Jack Mason

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