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David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001

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Susan Mulroney: A Private Matter

Susan Mulroney: A Private Matter

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(p.325) 18 Susan Mulroney: A Private Matter
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Crossing Over
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David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0018

This chapter discusses the case of Susan Mulroney, a school teacher who considered herself a very private person. Although she enjoyed having friends and a caring family, Ms. Mulroney heavily guarded her independence and her own affairs. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 47, she did not talk about it to anyone, as she did not wish to burden her family and friends. In her fight against cancer, Ms. Mulroney remained stoical and tried to assume normal life as though nothing eventful happened. As her cancer progressed and as she became increasingly unable to cope with her illness, she was admitted to the hospital for reassessment and she admitted herself to palliative care unit. Ms. Mulroney's symptoms were controlled and she seemed comfortable, but no one knew her thoughts and emotions on her looming death. The chapter focuses on the reclusiveness of Ms. Mulroney, her introversion, and her unwillingness to open up and discuss her condition, emotions, fears, and thoughts with her family and friends.

Keywords:   private person, independence, cervical cancer, reclusiveness, thoughts, emotions

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