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Katie Melnick: Living and Dying with God

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0017
Katie Melnick: Living and Dying with God

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This chapter focuses on Katie Melnick, a 52-year-old Pole who had a strong faith in God. Even at the last stages of her lung cancer and even after the cancer metastasized in her brain, Ms. Melnick maintained an unwavering faith, showing a deep sense of peace and faith that amazed her care givers. However, behind such seemingly peaceful battle against cancer, her family was complicated by secrets—secrets that caused pain, confusion, and guilt particularly for Lena, Ms. Melnick's daughter. This chapter focuses on mending old hurts and gaps, and on finding unexpected possibilities for love and reconciliation.

Keywords: strong faith; God; faith; pain; confusion; guilt; mending; love; reconciliation

Chapter.  10251 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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