On My Way Home

A Hospice Nurse's Journey with Terminal Cancer
Afterword by: Joyce Rupp
Foreword by: Joyce Rupp

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Publication date: March 3, 2017

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Joyce Hutchison, a pioneer in the hospice movement who twice chronicled her work as an oncology nurse in the popular books May I Walk You Home? and Now That You've Gone Home, reveals her own journey with lung cancer as her death approaches in On My Way Home. Hutchison shares not only the heartbreak and pain she experienced in these last years of her life, but also her continued sense of God walking with her during these challenging times.

In sixteen brief chapters Hutchison, a pioneer in the hospice movement, gives an account of the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of each step of her journey: when chemo made her dreadfully sick, when her emotions fluctuated wildly in a matter of minutes, how she felt when people told her she looked so good. She shares how her sense of humor helped her cope with the weariness of yet another procedure and the isolation that accompanies cancer. Her account includes not only the story of her illness, but also how she responded when her second husband left their marriage and when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, too.

Despite her suffering, Hutchison held fast to faith. Supported by her family and friends, she tells how she experienced God’s love in a new way. A foreword and afterword by Joyce Rupp, Hutchison’s writing partner on her two previous books, provide context for the book and relate the circumstances of Hutchison’s death on May 7, 2016, and the Mass of the Resurrection that followed. 

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594717291

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “She felt this was one last service she could give others.”


    “Knowing others might benefit from reading her book gave Joyce significant pleasure. She felt this was one last service she could give others. The desire to contribute generously never left her.”

    From the afterword by Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.
    Catholic writer, speaker, and retreat leader

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