In The Name of Dignity
Five years ago, Nick and Sharon Genova heard words no family ever wants to hear. Doctors diagnosed Sharon with stage four ovarian cancer. Instead of being devastated, Sharon was determined.
“She vowed to live her life to the fullest,” said Nick, Sharon’s husband of 48 years. “And she did. For three years, most people didn’t know she was sick. We went out to eat, on vacations and dancing, and enjoyed time with our children and grandchildren.”
During the last two years, cancer took over; Sharon was sick more often, tired and no longer had the strength to leave home. Yet, Sharon remained positive. “She had incredible faith that helped her endure with grace and determination,” Nick said.
When Sharon’s illness progressed, Nick began spending all of his time at home, becoming a full-time caregiver. He spent less and less time at the business he and his wife had built and worked at side-by-side for nearly 40 years.
The Genova’s turned to Arbor Hospice almost one month before Sharon’s death, and moved to The Residence of Arbor Hospice during Sharon’s final days.
“Arbor Hospice was the best decision we made. The staff explained everything, answered our questions and were real nice to our family. They made sure Sharon was comfortable and maintained her dignity. They put cream on her legs, combed her hair, put her lipstick on; it was just beautiful. ”
Nearly seven months since his wife’s death, Nick is moving forward and each day is a little better. He took part in Arbor Hospice’s spousal loss support group, is working again and reacquainting with friends.
And, he’s found a way to thank Arbor Hospice and honor Sharon’s memory. Earlier this month, Nick Genova remembered his wife with a major gift to Arbor Hospice in support of the programs and services Nick and his family received.
“Arbor Hospice did right by me and my family and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” Nick said. “Making this donation is something Sharon would want me to do and it’s a way for her memory to live on. Sharon was all about living life to the fullest, and Arbor Hospice helps thousands of people every year do just that.”
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