When Stacie Crimm found out that she had finally gotten pregnant at 41, she was overjoyed. So overjoyed that she knew exactly what to do when faced with the decision of whether to save her life or her unborn baby's. After she was diagnosed with neck cancer, Crimm decided to refuse chemotherapy. The heroic mom survived long enough to deliver her 2-pound, 1 ounce daughter, Dottie Mae, and hold the baby in her arms, just once.
“This baby was everything she had in this world," Crimson's brother, Ray Phillips told the news outlet.
My medical practice consists exclusively of listening to patients and their families. Having limited my focus since the late 1970s to cancer support group facilitation, I founded the support programs at Sutter Cancer Center in Sacramento and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center in Grass Valley, CA.
I’ve published dozens of periodical articles on the healing relationship. My most recent book is How to Heal: A Guide for Caregivers (Helios Press, 2003). I teach medical practitioners “bedside manner” in workshops nationally.