Hello, my name is Cheryl Noonan and I am a RN Case Manager for Grane Hospice Harrisburg. I have been with the company for 8 years now and have never looked back. Throughout the years with Grane Hospice, I have come to realize that hospice nursing is what I was meant to do.
I became interested with this profession after losing my mother to lung cancer 16 years ago, which at that time, I had no hospice experience. However, my family elected hospice service into her home where she wanted to live the rest of her time. From the time she was diagnosed, she was given a month to live. Hospice was a miracle, having witnessed first-hand the comfort, caring, and compassion of individuals who work in this field. I knew while caring for my mother that I wanted to be a part of this special group. Over the last several years, I have had the privilege of working with such people.
My co-workers at Grane Hospice are exceptional people, with an undying vision to give the best possible care to their patients and families during an emotional and compelling moment of their lives. Being able to care for people at the end of their lives is a special gift and privilege. Every day, I come to work with pride. I am humbled and truly accept why I have been given this task of caring for the dying. Working for Grane Hospice has been a gift. The professional and emotional bonds that have been formed will stay with me for a lifetime. There have been many memories made and many tears shed. However, I would never want to work anywhere else or with any other team.
Grane has changed my life. My hope as the days and years move forward, that I may continue to touch lives and bring a small amount of comfort to my patients and families. When I receive a hug or watch a smile come from a sad and difficult moment that is what keeps me going. In life, we all need to remember to live to the fullest and remember it is the small acts of kindness that a person will remember.