40 for 40: Gina Bell’s Story

“I am so full of love and gratitude for Capital Caring.”

I was diagnosed in 2015 with stage 3 breast cancer at age 56. I had chemo, then surgery. I then developed Congestive Heart Failure, which was a result of the chemotherapy. My cardiologist referred me to Capital Caring. I had palliative care, and was then admitted to hospice. I live at home with my mom.

I want to tell you about the Capital Caring staff who have become an important part of my life:

Kathy McLaughlin is my RN Case Manager. I am so glad that Kathy is my nurse. She’s efficient, super knowledgeable, warm, caring, and makes me feel good at every visit and phone call. We get along really well. She is a “top notch” nurse and always makes me feel comfortable. We have great conversations, and when she visits, I know I have nothing to worry about.

I have had 3 hospice chaplains during my time with Capital Caring: Janae Moore, Laird Thomasson, and Carla Thompson. They are all wonderful. Laird, in particular, always had something good to say and often said, “You have a place here.”

I love my social worker, Maria McKain. She is awesome. She worked with a couple local nonprofit organizations to help me get a free grocery delivery service and house cleaning for women with cancer.

Dr. Elizabeth Phan also visits me. I am a huge fan. She is a “firecracker” and always makes me smile, and my HHAs, Berekti and Sosina, are great.

The call center people are wonderful, and I appreciate their daily calls to check on me. I love talking to them. They make my day.

I am so full of love and gratitude for Capital Caring. They make me feel like they care about me as an individual. I smile a lot. I am doing pretty “darn tooting” good. I owe a big thanks to Capital Caring. Capital Caring has been a big blessing in my life.

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