Martin Roy: Trying to Live and Die Well

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI:
Martin Roy: Trying to Live and Die Well

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This chapter discusses how Martin Roy adapted to his illness despite his relatively young age. Mr. Roy was only 37 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer; however, he claimed that he already had a full and a fulfilling life. He spent most of his final days preparing his family for his death. Controlling the symptoms of his sickness was a challenge, however with the combination of inpatient and home care, the palliative care team found a style of care proven to be comfortable and suited to Mr. Roy and his family. In spite of the success of the palliative care team in addressing his symptoms, one aspect remained puzzling for them: the easy acceptance of Mr. Roy of his situation. This chapter looks into his seemingly exceptional ability to cope with death, even at an early age. It seeks to determine whether Mr. Roy was a “good coper” or in state of denial.

Keywords: young age; inpatient care; home care; easy acceptance; ability to cope; denial

Chapter.  8549 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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