In February of 1997, RuthAnn Hogue, a new and competitive journalist for the Arizona Daily News-Sun, volunteered for an assignment that no one else wanted to write an article about hospice care and interview terminal cancer patient Walter Schifter. ""The words on the page [of his letter to the Sun] echoed in my heart as I slowly walked back to my desk,"" she remembers. ""My heart beat a bit more quickly as I re-created in the theater of my mind what might have been the events of the past few days ¦."" Hogue's journey with Walter opened her eyes to the life-altering affects of cancer and the spiritually exalting strength of love. ""Six months ago I was in such pain that if I had known the exact combination of pills to take to successfully end my life, I would have gladly taken them,"" Walter had written. ""I called [Hospice Family Care] instead ¦ it was time to show my gratitude for how much my life has changed since then."" Written
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September 15, 2005
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