Below is a sampling of the nice words people have shared about our services. It is a pleasure to serve our community, and we’re honored by these heartfelt tributes. Click here to share your own testimonial.
 
“We all have our stories of how cancer has rolled into our lives and the emotional toll it creates. Far too many of us have lost people close to us from this horrible and cruel disease. It sounds cliché but the truth is simple, when cancer strikes we need this group of people to have access to everything they need to help us. PASCON covers the support beginning with diagnosis, understanding medication, finding needed equipment, Chemo treatments on Island, cost of expenses when we go off-island, and listening with love and kindness that see us through.”

– Chip Clunie
February, 2017

 
“PASCON is like a warm embrace to anyone suffering from cancer. I came to PASCON seeking comfort and support. I received more than I ever expected. I had wonderful, loving support from the cancer group plus individual counseling to help me through my grief, anxiety, and my post-traumatic stress syndrome. I also received regular REIKI treatments to lessen the effects of stress in my life and restore my sense of well being. Cancer is like an earthquake in one’s life and PASCON helped me pick up the pieces. Charlene, Bonnie and Ginnie are all angels, and I would do anything to give back even a portion of what this organization has given me. I’m happy to say I’m cancer-free today and in a much healthier state of mind thanks to PASCON.”

– Diana Northrop
January 2017

 
“My involvement with Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket began when my brother-in-law David Millar was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. David had no permanent home and no job and he was divorced, but he did have health insurance. He came to live with us on island in the fall of 2015. We could not have managed his care and mental well-being without PASCON. The counseling we all received during this traumatic time was invaluable. David went to Reiki sessions which helped his pain and state of mind. We were not alone. We were given cell phone numbers and told to call not matter the time or issue. We were given realistic but sound advice, especially when we knew things were at an end stage. The most trying situation turned into a most manageable one thanks to the caring professionals who were there for us every step of the way. When we needed them the most, PASCON was there.”

– Maria Zodda
July 2016

 
“I believe in the mission of PASCON. I’ve used their services and they are an incredible resource for the community. PASCON helped me through the toughest time in my life the year I lost my partner and then my mother. People need to know about the services they offer to cancer survivors, patients, their loved ones and caregivers.”

– Clay Twombly
March 2014

 
“My sisters and I will be forever grateful to the extraordinary staff of Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket for the support, care and guidance we received throughout my mother’s three-year illness. From the very beginning of our journey – that day in November of 2010 when we first heard her diagnosis of ovarian cancer – through to this very day, months after her passing — the folks at Palliative & Supportive Care have been beside us, helping us to cope with the reality of death and dying, while teaching us how to cherish and appreciate the beauty of the experience. We are comforted by the knowledge that our beloved mother received the best care possible thanks to PASCON — from the early stages of her illness, through the sometimes arduous back and forth travel to Boston for treatment, to her peaceful passing at home. Our lives were enriched deeply and my mom’s last years enhanced immeasurably thanks to the wisdom, comfort, kindness and love that was so freely showered upon us by Tim Lepore, Peter MacKay, Charlene Thurston, Ginnie Faria, and Nan Strelnitski.”

– Nancy Burns-Fusaro
November 2013

 
“We are forever grateful to Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket. Our beloved mother was dying and we were in for a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Palliative & Supportive Care had been there with weekly visits but now we needed more frequent visits with their knowledgeable staff to guide us through this bewildering process. When we couldn’t find answers in their book, When Death is Near–A Caregiver’s Guide or within ourselves, we called their staff and held family meetings. Throughout this period, we knew we could rely on them for compassionate concern and insightful advice to help us travel with our mother to the end of the ride. And at that end, she sprouted her wings and became the bird she always longed to be.”

-The Family of Eleanor Caldwell Jones
June 2012

 
“The practical, emotional, and spiritual support and advice I have received from the Palliative and Supportive Care staff and the other members of its cancer support group are as integral to my health and well-being as any cancer treatment.  The group is a safe harbor for those of us with cancer, or who love and care for someone with cancer, to find understanding and compassion from open hearts and shared experiences.  It’s corny, but chemotherapy keeps me alive and the support group keeps me living.”

-Emily Stover, 44 years old, diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2007
February 2012

 

“I’ve lost both my parents in the past 10 years. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket was there. Of course they were wonderful caring for my parents, making sure they were as comfortable as possible and helping them to pass peacefully. But what was surprising and what was so important to our entire family was the services and support we received throughout the journey, even after their passing.  Some of the many things they helped and advised us with were: medications, helping us find caregivers, helping deal with family dynamics, and, of course, just being there with a shoulder to lean on. Their knowledge and personal experiences with death and grieving helped us all tremendously.”

-Joanne Angelastro
January 2012

Funded by the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the Palliative & Supportive Care Program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care to persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

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