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Dying nurse gives students lessons in life

Friday, January 11, 2013  
Posted by: Prucia Buscell
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A dying nurse offers herself as a lesson in caring 


When Martha Keochareon, who had survived an improbable six years with pancreatic cancer, realized she was approaching death, she offered herself as a case study for nursing students. She had been a nurse herself, so she called her alma mater, the Holyoke Community College nursing school, with an invitation for students to come her home and ask her anything they wanted to know about pancreatic cancer and the experience of facing pain and death. A New York Times story by Abby Goodnough tells about Keochareon's generous gift and what the student nurses learned.  

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