Dealing with the death of a child to leukemia

November 1, 2007
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Episode Description

Lisa Nehmer’s 10 year old son David was diagnosed with AML leukemia in 1996. Her life was never the same. David’s protocol required 3 rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful 14 year old daughter Rachel who was his match. David fought hard for two years until he passed away on August 6, 1998 from a lung infection. In David’s memory Lisa started the Healing Heart Foundation. The foundation mission is to help chronically/terminally ill children deal with their pain and to improve palliative care for chronically and terminally ill children. Lisa has also founded the David Center for Pain and Palliative Care at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

Open to Hope

Open to Hope

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“Open to Hope” is a show dedicated to those who have suffered a loss. The show is hosted by Dr. Gloria Horsley, Marriage and Family Therapist and her daughter Dr. Heidi Horsley, adjunct professor at Columbia University’s school of Social Work. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi are published authors and international experts in grief, loss and recovery. Hear bereaved family members and experts share inspirational stories of loss, hope and recovery. Learn what you can do to cope and to establish a new normal. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi dedicate their show to their deceased son, and brother Scott, and to all those who have lost loved ones and are looking for hope. They welcome you to lean on their hope until you have found your own.

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Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley, BSN, MS, MA, CNS, MFT, MIM, Ph.D. is a bereaved parent and has worked in family therapy for 22 years. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities. Dr. Gloria serves The Compassionate Friends in a number of roles, including Board Director and chairperson for TCF’s annual program for professionals. Dr. Heidi Horsley, BS, MS, MSW, Psy.D. is a bereaved sibling and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s school of Social Work where she teaches courses including grief, loss, and bereavement. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, Loyola, and University of San Francisco. She also conducts seminars & workshops at The Compassionate Friends annual bereavement conferences.

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