July - September 2010 Edition: Naples Health


Deborah Sousa

and had heard about reactions to the drug. I tried to set up a time that was a little more relaxed. She had two different cycles of two very different chemos. Her outcome was very good, and when she finished, we all celebrated with her.” As in the hospital, the sweetest moments come from seeing patients get well. Sousa recalls one patient with small-cell lung cancer who was undergoing chemo- therapy and radiation at the same time. “She was losing weight, was on oxygen and in a wheelchair,” Sousa says. “Now she’s able to walk on her own, she’s wearing makeup and she only needs the oxygen at night.” There’s no denying that things some- times get tough. The worst, of course, is when a patient doesn’t make it. “You miss them all,” Sousa admits. “But I believe there’s something to be learned from everybody I meet. When times get really hard, when stress builds, I sing. I love to sing!” She’s also always ready to boost patients’ spirits by sharing pictures and stories of her horse and by flashing her ready smile. “That’s how I’ve always dealt with even the rough stuff—bringing a smile and bringing some joy.” “There’s something to be learned from everybody I meet.”

Ardent Manor guests enjoy a safe, secure environment with staff trained in dealing with guests with memory loss and special needs.

Nutritious meals prepared on-site.

Ardent Manor offers an array of Therapeutic & Social Activities designed to engage guests socially, physically, mentally and emotionally.

2900 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, Florida 34103 239-435-9526 info@ardentmanor.com www.ardentmanor.com


Naples Health | JULY-SEPTEMBER 2010

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