Patient: It will be one year tomorrow since we moved here from up North. So many changes…but we still think it was a good decision.
Me: Really? That is nice. Does the rest of your family still leave up there?
Patient: Yes, it is the reason why we moved here. Our only son and I had a falling out 5 years ago after I handed my business of 35 years to him. It was hard being so close yet so far.
Me: Oh, I am sorry to hear that.
Patient: I saved the last text he ever sent me. (Shows me an expletive laced text).
Me: Have you told him about your diagnosis and that you decided on hospice?
Patient: I am frighten that he won’t care enough to text me back. The thought of my son not caring that I am dying is scarier than dying.