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Five Incredible Gifts of a Life-Changing Illness

Llewellyn, Anne MS, BHSA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN

doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000184
Departments: Guest Editorial

Life-changing illness or experiencing a catastrophic injury changes one's outlook on life. This is a story of one case manager's journey.

Anne Llewellyn, MS, BHSA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN, is a health care leader with 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, case manager, educator, digital journalist, and cancer patient. Anne is the author of Nurse Advocate, a health care blog that provides information to consumers, caregivers, and health care professionals to improve the delivery of care. Anne has written and lectured nationally and internationally on case management, patient advocacy, and care coordination.

Editor's Note: The final Journal issue in any given year always deserves deep consideration. As I sat in Arkansas with my younger brother recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer, I had much to think about (and much to write about) when pondering this end-of-year Editorial. But I struggled with it, as we sometimes do when the topic means so much. That week, and not knowing my current struggle, I received an email from a true case management Pioneer, Anne Llewellyn, sharing her poignant blog post with me. I sensed the raw courage and honesty in her writing and asked whether I could publish this as a “Guest Editorial.” But this is not the only time Anne has special mention in this issue. Please see the department The HeartBeat of Case Management on pages 302–303. The message there, as well as here, is that we all have much to share ... and we rarely know when we have truly touched—or even changed—a life.

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