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Balsam, the Lebanese Center for Palliative Care, hosted a fundraising gala at La Magnanerie, an old silk factory in Dikwaneh to raise money to continue caring for individuals with serious advanced illnesses.Not to be mistaken for hospice care, palliative care is about living as well as you can for as long as you can.With Balsam's care, Farida was able to enjoy her coffee once again.Jinane Abi Ramia, Balsam's outreach coordinator, told The Daily Star how the decision to seek out palliative care usually comes from an external source.There are two stumbling blocks that affect the perception of palliative care in Lebanon: That palliative care is a step toward giving up, or that it is akin to euthanasia. Lobbying for palliative care to be recognized as a specialty in Lebanon has proven to be the NGO's greatest milestone, Osman recounted.Osman is refreshingly realistic about the future of Balsam and palliative care in Lebanon.
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