The love story of Bernie and Betty Fowler began over seventy years ago when they met in Broomes Island while Betty was vacationing with her family from Washington DC. A year later, they married and began building a life in Calvert County.
In May of 2018, Betty was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. She and her doctor decided it was best not to put her in treatment. At 85 years of age, Betty’s priority was to go home and be with her family.
Within the week, Betty was admitted into hospice care where her suffering was kept to a minimum. Bernie is thankful to his children and grandchildren for being there to help care for her so that Betty could remain at home. The Fowler family also credits Betty’s hospice team, especially her nurse, Jackie, for always making sure that Betty had what she needed. Bill, one of the hospice chaplains, would sit with the couple and Bernie remembers he had “beautiful words” in speaking to them both. Bernie also said how wonderful Betty’s home health aide, Wanda, was and how she “provided perpetual care.”
Daughters Lora and BB said that not only did Betty’s nurse, Jackie, take incredible care of their mother, but she would always ask them, “Are you doing okay?” “Jackie brought comfort and relief to us as well. She was always there to support us. Even in the middle of the night, we would call her if Momma needed her.”
Your year-end gift will have a real and immediate impact on our ability to care for patients and their families here in our community. Betty’s time in hospice illustrates what we mean by making the most of every moment. By choosing to come into hospice care after her diagnosis, she could spend more quality time with those she loved. With four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, not a day went by without family members by her side. Bernie wants the community to know that Calvert Hospice has been a blessing in his life and asks everyone to “please commit, even if it’s a small amount, because if you ever need hospice, you couldn’t ask for a better friend.”
Because of you, we are able to provide quality end-of-life care to our patients and help them make the most of every moment with their loved ones. Please consider making a gift this year so that we can continue doing the critical and important work we do.