Live it to the fullest until the end

News 24 August, 2017
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    Carole Desrosiers, with his sister Natalie and his brother Jonathan, who are doing all that is humanly possible to help him achieve his wishes.

    Stephanie Gendron

    Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 18:18

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    Carole Desrosiers was remarried with her husband, celebrated Christmas in August and even made a helicopter tour Wednesday, because it is not the question for her of dwelling on her cancer, which has recently conducted in-home palliative care.

    Carole Desrosiers, 42 years old, is serene in the face of death and wants to enjoy life until the end, without thinking of the time that remains. For her, the important thing is to live each day as if it were the last.

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    Carole Desrosiers, 42 years old, was admitted to the Maison Desjardins de soins palliatifs du KRTB there are approximately two weeks in Rivière-du-Loup.

    In 2010, at age 35, she received a diagnosis of colon cancer. She has undergone five surgeries and 36 chemotherapy treatments. The cancer has spread to the bones in 2015 and has recently attacked the spinal cord.

    Seven years ago, she has started a list of wishes that it extends to the rhythm of his desires. Now housed in a hospice, her loved ones are everything to tick a maximum of items.

    For example, she got married this summer a second time with her lover of the past 19 years, Richard Lepage, and he has even win a prize Pat Burns for caregivers, by registering it without his knowledge. Despite illness and fatigue, she never ceases to show his appreciation to his loved ones, his doctors and those who accompany end-of-life home for hospice care.

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    Carole Desrosiers with her husband, she married a second time recently, Richard Lepage.

    “A diagnosis doesn’t mean life is ruined. Without this attitude that I have had since the beginning, maybe we would not be here today,” she said, taking the way to the airport to do a helicopter tour, before going on to add another item to his wish list.

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    On Wednesday, Carole Desrosiers was able to do a helicopter ride and check this wish on his list.

    True globe-trotter, she has been a teacher and school principal in various locations before the disease.

    “The urgency to live and to make a “bucket list” came up with the diagnosis. I couldn’t wait to retire at age 65 because I knew I wasn’t going to get me there,” says the woman, a native of Saint-Marc-du-Lac-Long, sitting upright in his wheelchair is installed in the outdoor courtyard of the Maison Desjardins de soins palliatifs du KRTB in Rivière-du-Loup.


    True to her personality, she lives out her end-of-life “shipping all the world in its follies”.

    She knows that her family and friends will be sad at his death, but she worries most for her daughter, Florence, who was only 16.

    “I didn’t tell him anything hidden. I told him that I love him, that’s all.” In his list of wishes, she wants to go shopping with her his first car.

    Around it, it splits in four for the in its small pleasures to achieve. “Carole deserves everything that she desires. I am ready to do everything that is humanly possible to achieve them,” said her sister Nathalie, alongside his brother, Jonathan. He has tattooed no later than the last week a sentence that said his sister. “I love you with all my heart. Nothing will separate us… Brother and sister forever!”

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    The brother of Carole Desrosiers, Jonathan, has tattooed a phrase that he has said to his sister, not later than the last week.