Patient Stories

Every patient that comes to Center for Hospice Care has a story. Each story, just like each patient, is different. Some people travel the world and see things that are hard to believe. Others never leave their hometown and raise a beautiful family. But what makes each story special is that it is uniquely theirs.

Here are a few stories that have made an impression on us. If you would like to share a Patient Story with us, please send your story to choices@cfhcare.org.

Fridays on the Front Porch

To the passerby, it might appear that Happy Hour was taking place on the VanOrman's front porch in their quaint neighborhood on South Bend's west side.

Jennifer's Dream? To Meet Jeff Gordon
Jennifer's Dream? To Meet Jeff Gordon

42-year-old Jennifer Dalkowski knew she was dying. “Before I die, I want to meet Jeff Gordon,” she said smiling. And so, the making of Jennifer’s dream come true began. Bob Tyler, CSW, was the social worker who was with Jennifer and her family when she shared her wish. “I’m truly impressed with this family’s love for each other,” he explained. 

Defying the Odds
Defying the Odds

By all intents and purposes, it is a miracle Stephen Bock is alive. When he came to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, his health was quickly deteriorating from heart disease. Add to that, years of alcohol and cocaine abuse. Even a suicide attempt.

Danny Liked to Dance
Danny Liked to Dance

Danny has been dancing all his life. Hard to imagine that at the age of six, Danny was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By the time he was 13-years-old, Danny’s mode of transportation was his wheelchair. Wheelchair or not, he kept on dancing.