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The ultimate Christmas present

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My wife passed away Jan 4, after a six-month battle with a very aggressive form of thyroid cancer where the tumour affected her ability to breath.

She was rushed to St Boniface Palliative Care unit Christmas Day after going into respiratory distress. They spent the day stabilizing her and that evening, she told me, "This is the most comfortable I’ve been in five months."

Several days later she told me she felt safe there. She was there nine days, and it was clear her comfort and dignity was of utmost importance to all the staff.

At what was the most difficult time of our lives, I find peace knowing she was in such a compassionate environment when we were both so vulnerable.

The staff take what is their routine job and take it to a whole new level. They were our ultimate Christmas present, and I will never forget them.

— Gerry Gaudry

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