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Palliative Care On Living Well: The Life-Transforming Power of Palliative Care BY LES C. MEYER, MBA A ngela has been working since she was 15 years old, climbing the corporate ladder to a rewarding position as an accountant. She built a brand-new house and was thrilled to plan her upcoming wedding. But then her life went sideways. Angela developed a multitude of autoimmune disorders, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and Raynaud's phenomenon. As a result, she was forced to quit her job and lost her home. "I felt all alone," Angela recalls. "No one truly understood what I was going through ...while I was discovering more and more what was wrong with me." As her physical symptoms worsened, so did Angela's emotional state. "I went into a really bad depression," she says. "The pain and being sick, and the stress and everything, just brought 12 CMSA TODAY Issue 6 * 2016 me down-lower than ever before." But thanks to palliative care, she's now among a growing number of chronically ill Americans who have found a way of living better with illness. Palliative care involves specialized medical treatment for people with serious illnesses, providing relief from symptoms, pain and stress. This modality is appropriate at any age, for any diagnosis, at any stage of a serious illness and provided alongside curative and life-prolonging treatments. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both patients and family members who can become stressed from caregiving responsibilities. Angela's palliative care team at Ohio State University quickly realized she needed a full spectrum of support to live as well as possible with her illnesses. The objective was

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016

Patient-Centered Care
Association News
CMSA Corpo rate Partners
On Living Well: The Life-Transforming Power of Palliative Care
Improving Medications Access for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients
Breaking Down Silos & Strengthening Hospital Care Coordination
Cultivating the Art and Science of Compassionate Care
Index of Advertisers
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Patient-Centered Care
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Association News
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - CMSA Corpo rate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - On Living Well: The Life-Transforming Power of Palliative Care
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Improving Medications Access for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Breaking Down Silos & Strengthening Hospital Care Coordination
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Cultivating the Art and Science of Compassionate Care
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CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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