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From Battlefields to Butterflies: Capturing Life's Moments

If a picture is worth a thousand words, John MacDonald has about 3-million things to say. The 94-year-old, who was once a war photographer, still takes gorgeous photos. When the weather is right, you’ll find him in the yard at his daughter’s house, perched on the front porch, where he patiently and quietly awaits the perfect shot.

“That’s one of my favorites,” he said as he pulled up a photo of a hummingbird on his MacBook.

He has over 3,000 photos stored on his laptop, all organized by subject matter. “These were all taken just sitting on the chair there on that porch,” he said.

John lives with his daughter Barb and her husband in their home. It’s there that John has been receiving Angela Hospice home care services since May. Having hospice care at home has allowed John to keep living his life – and keep taking pictures.

John shows off one of his favorite photos that he's taken: a 
hummingbird drinking nectar from a butterfly bush.
“He loves showing his pictures to people,” his daughter Barb said.

Butterflies, birds, and flowers are some of his favorite subjects for photography these days, but it wasn’t always that way. He worked in a portrait studio early in his career, and he was a Marine Corps photographer during World War II.

“He developed the first picture of the planting of the flag on Iwo Jima,” Barb said. “Not the one that they put on Time Magazine. That was posed to sell war bonds. He developed the real picture.”

“The original one was the one the sergeant took,” John explained. “But by that time they had the magazine photographer there. They sent his in and it was used to sell war bonds.

“They hid the one I did. They didn’t want anybody to know that one was a fake. I was just a kid but if I had my sense about me, I would have made a couple prints to keep. But I did a lot of dumb things because I was a kid,” John continued.

But Barb and John agree it was the “smart thing” to start him on Angela Hospice’s care.

“He loves it,” Barb said. “We both do. It’s very reassuring to me.”

“Everybody that’s come here has been nice people,” John said, like his nurse Jennifer.

“She’s a nice person. She sets ups my medications for me and checks to see whether I’m still alive,” he said playfully.

He visited the Angela Hospice Care Center for a few days on respite care too, where he was busy snapping photos of the building and staff.

John got his first camera at age 14. “Back then about all you could get was a box camera,” he said.

And while that’s miles away from the digital camera and impressive telephoto lens he uses today, there’s at least one thing about taking pictures that’s been constant over the past eight decades. The reason he got into photography is the same reason he’s kept it as a hobby all these years: “I just thought it was fun,” he said.

Here are some of the photos John has taken recently:

One Hundred Years Young

Our patient, Mary, celebrated her 100th birthday recently while in our care. Over 80 people attended her party at Botsford Commons, including family and friends.

As an MSU grad with a degree in physical education and a former dance instructor, Mary had a bit of advice when pressed about the secret to making it to 100 years old: "Exercise!"

But before you take Mary's advice and go start a workout, take a look at these fun photos from Mary's party.

Mary makes her grand entrance

Mary gets a gift from her Angela Hospice social worker, Becca

Angela Hospice dedicates new Veterans Memorial

While the winds were cold and bitter, the hearts of all who attended were warmed at the dedication of Angela Hospice’s new Veterans Memorial on Tuesday, November 13. The American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard performed a moving flag folding ceremony, and “Taps” rang out in the distance. Father John Kaul performed the blessing of the memorial, and the ceremony closed with a lovely rendition of “God Bless America” led by music therapist Heather Dean. A luncheon followed for all in attendance.

It was a beautiful ceremony paying tribute to veterans and their families. Angela Hospice cared for over 400 veterans last year, and actively participates in the We Honor Veterans initiative, providing specialized care for veterans at the end of life. Families of the veterans Angela Hospice has cared for will now have the opportunity to remember their loved one with an engraved plaque showing their name and branch of service on the wall surrounding the memorial. The memorial is located just in front of the Angela Hospice Care Center.

Take a look at the photos from the dedication below. For information on ordering a plaque to be placed on the memorial, you can view an order form here.

Peace & Gratitude

Norma Cumbo was grateful for the help of the 
Angela Hospice Care Center when her mom, 
Patricia, needed more specialized care.
Norma said, "It was a relief because remember 
feeling like, 'I can be her daughter again. I don't 
have to be her caregiver.'

Norma Cumbo is an only child. But when her mom got sick, she felt the support of family all around her – from her kids; her partner, Doug; her cousin Patty, who is like a sister; her co-workers at Madonna University; and the team at Angela Hospice.

After spending most of 2017 going to different doctors and specialists, Norma’s mom, Patricia Bonanno, learned it was a MRSA infection that was affecting the artificial knee joint she’d had placed 30 years prior. But after six weeks of IV antibiotics, the infection came right back.

“We knew that there was no cure for it,” Norma said. “She was in a lot of pain, so that’s when we made the choice to call in hospice to more or less just take care of her pain management.”

Patricia began receiving home care services from Angela Hospice in the retirement community where she was living. Patricia needed her bandages changed by a nurse every day and because her infection was contagious, there was a concern about the infection being passed to other residents.
So when Patricia needed a higher level of care, Norma said she wasn’t surprised at all.
Norma and Patricia with Norma's children, 
Jordan and Evan.
“I wanted to bring her to Angela Hospice. My aunt had been in the Care Center two years earlier. We were just very impressed with the care and the facility. My mother came to see her a lot,” Norma said.

In fact, Norma said Angela Hospice was the only place her mother would even consider moving to.

Norma was grateful when a room soon opened up at the Angela Hospice Care Center. The award-winning hospice facility, funded through the generosity of donors, provided a home away from home for Norma’s mom. “I just knew it was the right thing to do,” Norma said.

Norma would come twice a day to visit: on her lunch break from Madonna next door, then with Doug after dinner. They would spend quality time with Patricia, talking and visiting or watching TV.

“It was comforting to me,” Norma said. “I kind of felt when I left I was saying goodnight to her, kind of putting her to bed.”

Norma’s children, Jordan and Evan, would visit too, as would her cousin Patty. They were all there when Patricia took her last breaths on August 19 of this year.

“We told her, ‘Go ahead, Mom. We’ll be OK,’” Norma said.

Norma explained that she is at peace with her mom’s passing. “Of course, I miss her. But I know that she’s free, she’s free from that body that kept her so trapped,” she said.

Norma is grateful for the support her family received, and that her mother was able to have a good experience in her final days.

“I can just say that her care was the best that I could ever have asked for,” Norma said.