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John & Margaret's Story

John Wachter’s adoration for his late wife Margaret is evident- well past the last breath of life. John best describes their love as true and genuine, standing the test of time- 63 years to be exact –as well as the trials and tribulations of life.

“We had a wonderful marriage,” John said. “She was awfully good to me. We very seldom had an argument. She was just a wonderful person. I couldn't see any fault in her. We went through some hard times, but we survived it.”

The diagnosis

When Margaret Wachter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on July 20, 2015, her devoted husband was sitting right beside her. “The doctor mentioned that it was the worst kind of cancer and the most painful. He said she had two months to live.”

Hospice: It's about how you live

It turns out that the doctor’s estimate was accurate, as Margaret lived just one week past the two-month diagnosis. “The doctors recommended Hospice because of the quality of life. Hospice staff did a wonderful job with her medication and would help us understand how to properly take care of Margaret. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

When it came to controlling Margaret’s pain, John explained that the pain management was extraordinary. “I was so happy that Margaret was not in pain. That meant a lot to me. I don’t know if I could have handled it. If she was sick, I was sick. I would rather have it happen to me than have it happen to her.”

John openly expresses his appreciation for the Hospice staff who have helped him and Margaret and their four children through this journey. “My whole family is grateful for what Hospice did for us. We couldn’t have had any better care. My recommendation to others going through a similar situation is to keep your loved ones at home if you can.”

Enduring “the most painful of cancers”, pain-free

Because of the support provided by Crossing Rivers Health Hospice, enduring “the most painful of cancers”, pain-free, was possible for Margaret. She and her family were able to spend quality time, comfortably at home, on the family farm. Compassionate Hospice care allows the patient and their family to live life to the fullest, focusing on the meaningful things that make days special – like sharing valuable moments with a true and genuine soulmate.


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