Welcome to Take My Hand, an online resource for all those who find themselves confronted with end-of-life matters involving a terminal diagnosis and/or prognosis. I am a firm believer that, under these circumstances, time is of the essence. It is my hope to provide caregivers, loved ones and patients with the helpful insight, resources and tools to make the most of their time through the greatest challenge of a life journey.
Terminally-ill? Terminal prognosis? Advanced stages? What are you talking about? I just came in for a simple scan and now you tell me that I only have so much time left to live? It would be best to start getting my affairs in order. Really? You must have the wrong records, right? There must be a mistake. I am going to get another opinion! What do you doctors know anyway? Only God… Read More
In June 1992, I received a phone call that would forever change my life. My younger brother, Jimmy, called me to share that he had just been diagnosed with AIDS, which was unexpectedly discovered during the early stage of an elective surgery procedure that he was undergoing to resolve some minor issues with his sinus. Only four months earlier, he had tested negative for HIV. Without hesitation, I agreed to be his… Read More