As a little girl, Penny Davis helped her grandmother care for an ailing neighbor during a hot summer – one of a network of neighborly volunteers who helped care for the gravely ill woman. Although that act took place long before hospice became recognized as a level of care, it inspired Davis, who spent 45 years in health care herself. Her new book explores the world of hospice care, sharing stories from hospice team members, patients and their families as examples of love, wisdom, humor, friendship, resilience, compassion and courage.
Penny Davis is just an ordinary person telling an extraordinary story. She is passionate about Hospice, serves as a Board Member for Indiana Hospice Palliative Care Organization ( IHPCO ), volunteers her time with a local Hospice, gardens, collects vintage glassware and attends as many of her grandchildren’s events as possible. She lives in Indianapolis.
I live in the Midwest, where the month of August is always hot and humid. The swirling dirt at the ball park sticks to small players, as well as to the rest of us. On one particular day, several members of our Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) are seated in rows on old wooden bleachers, eating hot dogs dripping with mustard while trying to block out the screams and yells of parents and umpires so we can concentrate on the players fielding the play. A group of ten-year-olds is about to win their baseball tournament.