- Meet Consumers/Patients
Josie Stone, RN, CPNP, CRNI
On any given day, I am sure to receive numerous solicitations—by mail and phone—to help support many worthy causes. It is almost an emotional challenge to decide how far my “contribution budget” can stretch and which donation will have the most impact. Obviously, depending on our background, job, business, family, past history, etc., some causes will resonate with us more than others. In my life there is one organization that is always at the top of my list: the Oley Foundation. I have no hesitation in offering Oley my support and recommending to others that they do the same.
I am very familiar with the amazing work the Oley Foundation does as a consumer organization for a very specialized population of committed, dedicated, self-disciplined, and remarkable patients. This Foundation provides this population with the very heart of what makes life manageable: education, outreach, networking opportunities, family involvement strategies, medical and clinical resources and updates, and most important, a sense of worthiness and productivity. The management of this organization superbly demonstrates their mission with warmth, patience, and undying support for their members, who quickly become “family.”
As a nurse practitioner and vascular access specialist, I have seen firsthand the complexities that can come with the need for ongoing enteral or intravenous support. Patients and families must learn many new and complex things. They quickly realize that this means of providing essential nutrition is a true “lifeline,” and that the management of it is indeed “in their hands.” It is enormously inspiring to see everyday people take charge; learn the steps of line care; manage their fluids and medications; and, at the same time, know they too deserve to love, laugh, and live a full and happy life. Through the Oley Foundation this is made possible over and over again.
I encourage you to support Oley today. Your donations truly make that “impact” here.
LifelineLetter, May/June 2011