by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director

For those of you who are familiar with the movie set in 1985, Back to the Future II, you know that when Doc and Marty traveled to the future, they arrived on today’s date, Oct 21, 2015!   During the making of the film, they came up with some predictions of what life would be like in the year 2015. Some of their predictions were spot on, others, not! For example, they predicted hoverboards would be all the rage….they are not. They predicted that there would be big screen TV’s…there are!

When I saw this on the news, I thought back to what I was doing in 1985. In 1985, I worked in Women’s and Children’s Services and had a 4- and a 2-year-old, a big heart and even bigger hair!

How would I have predicted what I would be doing on Oct. 21, 2015? I certainly would not have predicted that I would be working in hospice care. To be honest, I despised home care nursing training when I was in nursing school at JSU and had no clinical rotation through hospice care at all! I would have seen myself as still helping families bring new life into the world. Still working with women to care for themselves and their families.

Come to think of it, had I written these things down, maybe I could have pulled them out this afternoon and say, “Hmm, what I am doing is not really so different than what I was doing in 1989. I am still assisting women (who serve in the caregiving role in most families) to care for themselves as they care for and make decisions about their families and their health care needs. and while I am not actively involved in bringing new life to the world, I believe my role in in hospice care assists people and their families as they prepare for the transition from this world to the next one.” There is a saying that when a baby is born, the baby cries while everyone else rejoices, and when an adult is dying, that person can rejoice while everyone else around them is crying.   In my twenty-two plus years in hospice care, I have seen this to be so true. These days, my heart is still big, but my hair — not so much!

For the movie, Back to the Future, Hospice Edition, my prediction for the year 2045 will be that everyone will be assigned a Social Worker when they are born. (I think Social Workers are the bomb-diggity!), medical examination and diagnoses will take place with a full body scanner that everyone has in their homes, cancer will be a thing of the past and one of my grandchildren will be the President of the United States! What about my hair? It won’t be big, but it will automatically style itself each day!