Jenny Doyle: “Do I Really Belong in a Hospice Program Yet?”

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:
Jenny Doyle: “Do I Really Belong in a Hospice Program Yet?”

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This chapter focuses on Jenny Doyle, a hospice patient for eight and a half months, a period which is unusual within the U.S. hospice program. During her time in the hospice, Ms. Doyle was marked by periods of anger and resentment amid other periods of gratitude and affection. She was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer when she was 47 years old. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive form of the disease, which Ms. Doyle fought bitterly until her last days. Her struggle and her fight against the disease led her to seek the medical opinions of several doctors and created tensions for the hospice team. During Ms. Doyle's struggle with her cancer, her strife with her children created additional stresses and strains that continued throughout the bereavement period. Her family hoped and prayed for a peaceful passing; however, it was not to be.

Keywords: hospice patient; anger; resentment; hospice; breast cancer

Chapter.  11600 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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