‘Living Their Values’: Palliative Care Power Couple Faces Cancer At Home
By Editor - Wed May 15, 5:35 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the 18 years that Kathy Brandt and Kim Acquaviva have been together, death has been a constant companion. It’s the reason they went to work each morning. Acquaviva, a professor of nursing, wrote an acclaimed 2017 book on inclusive end-of-life care for LGBTQ people . Brandt, a nationally known hospice industry leader and consultant, was tapped to write and edit the latest clinical guidelines for quality palliative care. KHN Event The Kaiser Family Foundation, The Barbara Jordan Conference Center 1330 G St NW Washington, DC 20005 May 21, 9:30 am – 11:00 AM ET RSVP Here But in January, the professional became acutely personal: Brandt, 53, was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer and learned she had mere months to live. “The day she had her scans, as soon as we saw them, I was like, ‘It’s clear what this is,’” recalled Acquaviva, 47, settling beside the couple’s small spaniel, Mitzi, in their sunny living room last month. “It was definitely shocking,” said Brandt, thin and wan beneath her signature spiky hair.