• Caregiver

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Wednesday, September 26, 2012


    Who is (or was) that special someone that takes care of you during treatments? My wife and daughter who was 8 at the time and is now 9, took awesome care of me!! I found out later that quite a few after hour calls were made to my Oncologist because of various things I would say or do. One of the things I will cherish the most is when my daughter would get out of school the first thing she would do when she got home was crawl in bed with me and make sure I was ok. She would always want to watch some TV with me. As bad as I felt, I always felt good enough to watch a little TV with my baby girl.

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    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      You are a lucky man indeed! For me, it was my husband, my mom and my mother-in-law. When I wasn't feeling good (after each chemo round) my husband would take me for a ride out of town. Always somewhere we hadn't been before. After being cooped up at home it was so nice to get out and get some fresh air. It really helped take my mind off of how crappy I was feeling. My hope is that everyone has someone that's there for them. I don't know how I would have made it through without the love and support from my friends and family!

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      That's Aweseom teddyfuzz, I always looked forward to getting out of the house as well.

      I forgot about my grandmother. She will be 90 this November. She would come spend the night at my house just so she could get up in the mornings to take me to my treatments. She was a HUGE HELP!!! I can't believe I forgot mention her originally. On the days my wife had school, she was always there. If not for me, then for my daughter and my wife. I'm blessed to still have her around not to mention that at 90 years young she is much healthier than I am...lol

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That is absolutely great!! Having a sweet little daughter to come see you must have lifted you up. For me, it was my wife. We had been married for just 8 years the first time, we were in Memphis with no friends or family, just us in a big strange city. I know it was hard for her, but she took care of me. And during those times that I was in the hospital for a week at a time she had to stay by herself, I think back now and realize that was probably harder on her than being in the hospital was for me. She has had to go through two more ordeals with me getting treated and some scary times. But always there for me. I love my sweetie!! Married 32 years this last feb.

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      For me, it's my husband. He was in an automobile accident in February that left him in a wheelchair for 3 and a half months. He walks with a cane and has nerve damage to his left leg. But, he is always there, holding my hands through chemo and radiation, when I'm having a good day or bad, if I'm crying or laughing. I can't imagine going through this without him. He works extra hours all week so he can be off Fridays and be with me during my chemo. My mother, 87 years young, who is also healthier than the both of us (LOL), helps with driving me to treatments when my husband's work schedule won't allow him to be there. I am so grateful to her, also. They are both amazing!

      over 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      Don't be all depressed for me or anything, but... my cats? I've been striving to be independent, so I do take care of many things between naps and feeling ill. I've been forcing myself to go to get groceries.. I just stock up on a good day and I don't leave home if it's a bad day. I've managed to keep the house somewhat clean by picking a patch to work on for a few hours and knowing where my limit is. Sure, the cats can't clean or cook me noodle soups, but they do make sure I'm alive every few hours by walking on my head or sniffing at my eyeball.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Nobrand, I personally think animals are awesome to have around when going through something like this. I have dogs and cats. My good ole "buddie", she...(yes, a she named buddie) she was there. At the foot of the bed, laying next to me. We even got visits from dogs at Texas Oncology.

      over 8 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar

      You are a LUCKY man!!

      over 8 years ago

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