In December of 2009, Evelyn Cash, longtime board member of Hospice of Lubbock, found herself on the other side … enrolling as a Hospice patient. She asked NewsChannel 11 to tell her story so that others could learn more about the value of Hospice. Evelyn Cash died in Lubbock this afternoon (3-25-2010). As a tribute to her, we re-aired that story from December so that others could again be inspired by her thoughts on living…and dying. - Karin McCay
"I think the thing that I love the most is singing and that's the saddest part is not being able to sing," said Evelyn Cash.
For thirty years, Evelyn had a voice in the choir at First United Methodist Church. "And I got this cough and so I went to the doctor and he thought it was just allergies," said Mrs. Cash.
It turns out x-rays found pneumonia and then an MRI found lung cancer underneath. Doctors told Evelyn that time was not on her side. She said they gave her three to six months to live. That was two years ago, but this wasn't the first time Evelyn has beaten the odds.
In 1971, Evelyn had breast cancer. "And they told me that I would not see my son graduate from high school. So now, I'm seeing my grandsons graduate from high school," said Mrs. Cash.
Nearly 40 years later, Evelyn has made the most of her life. Aside from singing in church every Sunday, she is perhaps most proud of her work as a nurse for 51 years. Also, for 18 years, she has served as a volunteer for Hospice of Lubbock, a group that she has now turned to for comfort in her last days. "Because there's nothing more they can do. I've had chemo and I've had radiation and there's nothing more they can do," said Mrs. Cash. "I lost a son when he was 15 and I'm gonna see him. So, I'll cry but that's a part of life."
That's why Hospice is here with Evelyn every day now, preparing the way for this part of her life. "I think that people tell you that you go to Hospice to die. You don't go to Hospice to die. You go to live," said Evelyn Cash. "You live every moment in a much more meaningful way than you possibly could at a hospital or by yourself at home."
Evelyn says she still tries to attend church, to sit and listen to the choir play, which she said she really enjoys. "Hospice is like having a friend with you all the time," said Mrs. Cash. "It's been a good life. And if it ends tomorrow, that's ok. "It's been good. And I've been happy."
Evelyn Cash, 1934 - 2010
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