"I'm teaching fifth grade this year. I love my job. That was my goal from the very beginning to go back to work," said Nilles.
A second battle with breast cancer, which spread to the bone, forced Nilles to call it quits during the last school year. The 21-year-veteran teacher thought this was the end of her story.
"I could not get out of bed. I was in excruciating pain," said Nilles.
Nilles attributes her recovery to help from CNS Home Palliative Care Services, a group that works in conjunction with Central DuPage Hospital.
"We helped a little bit, but mostly her determination made it possible," said Cathy Floro, Pallative Care.
In addition to a physical therapist, her home care team includes a nurse, social worker and chaplain to help her heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Without each of them, Nilles says her first day back to school may not have been possible.
Palliative care is typically covered under the home health Medicare benefit, as well through most insurance companies. For more information, visit cnshomehealth.org
CNS Home Health and Hospice
a partner with Central DuPage Hospital