Author Interview with Damiano de Sano Iocovozzi: Restoring Sanity to your End-of-Life Care

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Author Interview  Damiano de Sano Iocovozzi: Restoring Sanity to your End-of-Life Care

Damiano de Sano Iocovozzi is a world traveler, linguist and family nurse practitioner and works with hospice care. From an early age, growing up in upstate New York, he was fascinated with languages, the spirit of giving and knowledge of other cultures and countries.

I interviewed Damiano recently to find out more about him and his new book, ‘Sooner or Later: Restoring Sanity to Your End of Life Care‘.  We discuss hospice care, and how to care for a loved one in your home.   You can watch Damiano’s interview here.

About the Book…

Damiano’s book has been written for anyone who is dealing with the terrible trauma of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and their family and friends. Sooner or Later: Restoring Sanity to Your End of Life Care offers the reader a safe place to help process the turbulent emotions during the diagnosis phase and remain sane, rational and in control.

In large print for easy reading, the book includes pertinent questions to ask specialists. It is written in accessible language which empowers patients and their families to seek the appropriate level of care.

To date, no other book offers the information and tools to take control of this situation and make informed decisions about gaining the best possible care. Damiano has applied his knowledge of the caring environment to produce a breakthrough text dealing with these sensitive issues. His book covers ethical issues, treatment, psychological coping strategies and how to go forward having been diagnosed.

About the Author

Damiano de Sano Iocovozzi completed years of language study and work in Italy, France and Germany. Later, he became a Peace Corps Volunteer and served in a small high school in Meknes, Morocco

After the Peace Corps, Damiano traveled to San Francisco, California where he worked as an international tour director, leading organized tours around the world. However, Damiano found his true calling becoming a registered nurse and clinical nurse specialist upon earning his degree from the University of San Francisco. During the AIDS epidemic, he specialized in caring for the very sick on a local AIDS hospital floor.

Damiano completed a post-Master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Samuel Merritt University, where he worked as an instructor for nine years. He also worked as a clinical nurse specialist and educator for Summit Hospital in Oakland. He served veterans as a family nurse practitioner for a number of years in Vallejo, California. Damiano worked in a number of small clinics in primary care and cardiology in Palm Springs, California, where he currently lives.

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Corinne Edwards July 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm

There are no words in my vocabulary to express my gratitute to Hospice.

I had never had nay dealing with them until my best friend Arlene asked me to be her legal medical advocate.

(Not her family – me)

We had a deal. I would not make any decisions for her as long as she could make them.

When her doctor said she needed Hospice, she said no.

The way I convinced her to allow them to help is I told her -

“Arlene, you do not have to promise them to die. When you feel better, we will send them away.”

They stayed to the end. I could not have handled it without them.

They are angels in disguise.


Michelle Vandepas July 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

Corinne, Thanks for taking the time to come over and comment. My mother in law was in hospice and they were fabulous. They took her off 37 medications and she recovered, living another 3 years by herself in her own home. Miraculous!


Shawn - July 21, 2010 at 7:24 am


Great interview. It was interesting hearing Damlano’s early childhood experience and how that related to his comfort level discussing/dealing with end of life. His book will definitely offer a different perspective and surely offering some insight into dealing with the end of a loved one’s life.


Michelle Vandepas July 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

Thanks Shawn, Dam was an awesome guest and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.


geriatric nurse practitioner June 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Great post, definitely really informative. I went ahead and bookmarked your site!


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