Grace had an amazing medical history. Beginning in her twenties, Grace achieved frequent flyer status at Kaiser, experiencing:
- Life-long back pain from experimental disk fusion surgery in 1959.
- Life-long heart murmur (aortic stenosis)
- Type II diabetes beginning in 1985.
- Intestinal bleeding from diverticulosis requiring 4 trips to ER and hospital in 2006-10.
- Congestive heart failure diagnosed in 2010.
- Non-small cell lung cancer in right lung diagnosed in 2010, with standard treatment by radiation. Alternative medical treatment included: acupuncture, jin shin jitsu, remote healing, Stamets 7 mushroom blend, vegan-vegetarian diet, medical marijuana,.
- Skin cancer on head and surgery in 2011 and 2013.
- While on a walk down Sausal Creek in Oakland, a fall down a gravel slope resulted in a broken tibia.
- She fell walking on an incline in a restaurant in 2007, resulting in a fractured hip and hip replacement surgery.
I found these notes in one of her health folders, apparently jotted down when the docs found the lung cancer:
Miracles happen every day. I go wither to dissolve the pattern that created this, and I now accept a divine healing.
And so it is
I come from nowhere and will go back to nowhere
Lung – I take in life in perfect balance
I relax completely for I now know I am safe. I trust life & I trust myself.
Heart- Joy Joy Joy – to flow thru my mind, body, & spirit.
Recipes — Portobello w oyster sauce, Thai soup
Books to get – Babylon Revisited F. S Fitzgerald, A Movable Feast Hemingway, This World – How the World Became Modern
Primrose oil – 6 drops
Grace was usually fortunate in her choice of a medical team at Kaiser Health. She worked with many physicians and nurses who practiced loving kindness as well as medicine. These included her family practitioner, Tim Pile, her cardiologist, Sanford Warren, the cardiology nurse practitioner, Lynn Rackerby, and her oncologist, Christine Camille Kaiser, among others.
Deidre, Grace’s midnight shift nurse for her last stay in the Santa Rosa Kaiser Hospital wrote this note to her in December, 2013:
Grace—I just wanted to tell you how wonderful you are—your spirit & perseverance. No matter what, you were always smiling. I hope you are more comfortable being home with your honey—cuddling. I will always remember you being my favorite patient. You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Grace’s doctors recommended starting hospice since they had nothing more to offer her.