Melissa and Mom

This Woman Is No Island

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In the words of John Donne, “No Man Is an Island.” And in my case, this woman is no island either.

My life, my journey and my fondest memories are all in the company of the ones I love and who love me in return. It’s the most sacred thing, to be part of a community bigger than your self.

And that’s why I chose John Donne’s words for the opening sentence of my master’s research paper, a project near to my heart and to be completed this spring.

After many twists and turns, I have chosen the perfect topic to write about: patient and family centred care.

Melissa and Mom

PFCC as it is often referred to as, is an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among patients, families and healthcare providers. In sum, the patient is at the centre, holding the power and leading the way to her own recovery. In this model of healthcare, the patient is the expert that leads the medical professionals rather than the other way around.

PFCC is the model of healthcare that my family and I chose during my years in hospital and rehab, and continue to use today. Together with my family, and above all else, the companionship, support and leadership of my mother, I am thriving today.

This post is a deep bow to my mother, Angela Vassallo, not only in honour of mother’s day this year, but because she has been my best friend and a critical partner in my family centred care. Without her, I don’t know where I would be.

I look forward to sharing more about my work on family centred care in the coming months. And I wish all the mother’s in the world, a happy mother’s day. Thank you for all that you do for yourself, and your family.

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