Albert Hoffer: Bonds Through Thick and Thin
This chapter focuses on Albert Hoffer, a 78 year-old who was diagnosed with throat cancer. Mr. Hoffer was an intensely private man; he held a stronghold position on his medications and found it painful to endure the invasions of his body and the strong emotions he experienced in his last days. He refused hospice care at the onset of his disease and insisted on “taking control” over his treatment. Mr. Hoffer was also a highly opinionated, straightforward, and mistrustful person, who tested everyone severely before he allowed them to get close. An alcoholic for several years, he severed his relationship with his wife and children. This chapter examines the Hoffers' complex, interwoven medical and family issues, which were emphasized by their limited financial means. This situation posited a tremendous challenge for the Hoffer family as well as for the Hospice of Lancaster County team.
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