Through every trial and triumph in her life, Linda Morris says her mother, Shirley Feeney, poured out pure, unconditional love to her. Which is why she yearned to do the same for her in her dying, and why it grieved her so deeply to see her mom suffering so unnecessarily from the effects of ovarian cancer.
“It was a living hell to see her suffer, not from the cancer but because no one could properly manage her symptoms,” Morris says. “I wanted to give back to this beautiful woman who had cared for others her whole life, and I couldn’t.”
That helplessness she and her family experienced revealed what the former Fargo resident describes as a crack — even chasm — in the area’s health care system concerning end-of-life needs, but work is now underway to build a first-of-its-kind facility in North Dakota to help meet those demands.