[image_frame style=”framed_shadow” align=”left” alt=”Sandra Peppers” title=”Sandra Peppers” height=”212″ width=”200″]http://yolohospice.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/sandra-peppers11.jpg[/image_frame]
Back in 1940, while in the first grade in rural Britton, South Dakota, Sandra unknowingly met the love of her life: a boy named Norman Peppers. Sandra and Norman’s paths diverged nearly as soon as they’d joined. They reunited unexpectedly in college. This time the two committed to building a family and a future together.
They had three daughters. Laura Caron, the couple’s middle daughter, grew to become a prolific painter. Through her painting, she linked her parents’ childhood and adult years by blending their high school senior year portraits, capturing their radiant teenage likenesses within a single, magical frame. Placed on the mantle, it’s a painting Sandra and Norman cherish.
[image_frame style=”framed_shadow” align=”right” alt=”Sandra Peppers and family” title=”Sandra Peppers and family “]http://yolohospice.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/sandra-peppers2-e13830553635351.jpg[/image_frame]Their lifetime of love was threatened when Sandra was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Norman and his daughters felt overwhelmed, especially as Sandra was already experiencing mild dementia.
They needed help. Not knowing what to expect, Norman called hospice. It was scary, he and Laura recall, but a relief as well, especially after Sandra fell and broke her hip, adding to the urgency of care needed.
With a live-in caretaker, Yolo Hospice nurse Jan McMann helped them arrange, and weekly nursing care at home, the Peppers were able to ease into a new routine. The stress and uncertainty became manageable. Then another stroke of magic came their way, the pancreatic cancer diagnosis was a mistake.
Now, they focus on enjoying each other—no matter what the future holds.