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Lucien and Medicine Bear
Gifts That Make Caring Possible

Like most toddlers, two-year old Lucien enjoyed the company of his family and his stuffed animals, especially his teddy bear. When feeling strong enough, Lucien hugged his bear for comfort. During his battle with leukemia, Lucien sometimes lay listless in his mother's arms as he struggled with extreme pain. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses cared for him daily to administer his medications and to help his mother cope with his extensive medical needs.

Lucien's mother explained that whenever "Nurse Nancy" came to draw blood for his weekly test:

"Lucien gave his teddy bear to Nurse Nancy; she performed everything on "Medicine Bear" first and explained to Lucien what she was going to do for him next. Two years later, Lucien was hiding Medicine Bear eagerly each time Nancy visited; she would wait and then find the bear before treating Lucien. She knew him. I just can't say enough about the quality of the care that she's given Lucien. We'll always be grateful to her for getting us through almost four years."

Lucien is a kindergartener now; his leukemia has stabilized enough that he recently went on his dream trip to DisneyWorld.

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Lucien Beardsley

Lucien has received home-based, skilled nursing care from HomeHealth Visiting Nurses for four of his six years.

 "Nurse Nancy would wait for Lucien to finish his routine of hiding the teddy bear."

Medicine Bear (left)  has a port for receiving his chemotherapy treatments at home.
"Nurse Nancy" (right) worked with Lucien to deliver the best quality care at home in a way that made him comfortable.



When he's not in kindergarten, Lucien loves
to play with his menagerie of toys and stuffed animals.

Lucien's Menagerie 

15 Industrial Park Road | Saco, Maine 04072 | 207-284-4566