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Topic: Share your stories of gratitude for your caregiver(s)!

Forum: Acknowledging and honoring our Community — Share accomplishments, milestones, goals of community members, family members or yourself. Just finished treatment? Just got married? Watched your child graduate? Ran a big run? Been a huge help to members in our community? Let's honor our members here!

Posted on: Nov 2, 2016 11:22AM - edited Oct 17, 2018 03:51PM by Moderators

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November is National Caregiver Awareness Month. It's the start to a busy holiday season, and it's also a time when we're reflecting on the year. Are there people in your life who helped you through this year? We'd love to know what they said or did that meant so much to you. Share your stories of gratitude by posting in this forum Caregiver Stories or sending us a private message. If possible, please provide a photo as well, that represents you and/or your caregiver. We'll be putting your stories here Member Stories and featuring them in our Thanksgiving Newsletter to community members (Sign up here). Many thanks! Medicating

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Nov 3, 2016 09:32PM Mariangel43 wrote:

I want to thank five persons that were and still are special during my journey with cancer. First, my brother Nando; he has been all the time during appointments, surgeries, and mealtimes. He didn't go to work when surgeries were on Mondays or Thursdays (of course he called) even though he worked part time; he was there when I needed to move to hospital so early in the morning; he still goes with me to some appointments. He is special and a loving brother.

The second person I want to thank is Mercedes, a friend and sister in faith; She has asked permission in her job to be with me at the hospital when I had surgeries (three down, one more to go). She has stayed until she has been substituted by another caretaker. And besides, she has heard without judging, even when she thought I was wrong, never imposing her opinion, just supporting me.

The third person is Sarah. I have complied with my appointments because she has taken time from her busy schedule and have drove me to the doctor's office. The day after a big blackout, she took me to the doctor's appointment and she went three floors up to see if the doctor was in because I had a fractured foot. She calls me all the time and tells me she is available if I need her.

The fourth person is Maritza, another friend and sister in faith. She is who drives me back from the hospital after the surgery. She prepares me coffee and a sandwich every Sunday and cooks for me from time to time.

The last but not least is Nydia, she is the one who suffers the most because she is the one who stay during night when I am hospitalized. When I wake up from anesthesia I am cranky and hungry. She is the one who gets me the food, helps me to the bathroom, helps me to stand up and when I get upset, she tries to calm me.

I have other friends but these ones have given me the most important gift of all: their presence in moments of need. I will be thankful all my life because these five persons have been near, have held me and most of all, they have not run away like some did when I told them I have cancer. Thank you Lord, because these friends and brother are beautiful jewels in my life.

Dx 5/4/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 5, 2016 08:03AM Moderators wrote:

Mariangel43, this is lovely! You are very fortunate to have them in your life!

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Nov 5, 2016 12:48PM Mariangel43 wrote:

Yes, I am. The Lord and they are wonderful. Even if I die from this disease, which I will fight with my strength, I will have the best memories with me when I cross the valley of death.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Dx 5/4/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 10, 2016 11:26PM BabyTinks wrote:

First of all, I thank God for keeping me alive.

My care giver was my father during my treatment. My stepmum couldn't go with me to India where I had my treatment as she was having a high risk pregnancy at the time. And since I had lost my mum to cancer, my dad had to be my care giver. He had his moments of fear, but he never made me see those moments. My dad is my hero. I watched him stand by my side, worry while I was in the theater, sit by my side during my chemo sessions, take me to the washroom, cook for me, force me to try to eat, give me my drugs, pray me to sleep, pray with me. He gave his all to me. When I think back to all the trouble he had to go through being my care giver, I usually have tears in my eyes. He was super amazing. Today, I thank him specially for the love and the care and the encouragement.

My entire family members were amazing as well. Especially as my elder sister too was having her own cancer treatment at the same time with me. She was my support system. Sisters in the fight. We rock! We conquered.

Mercy my dear friend. You shocked me amongst all of my friends. You checked on me every day for the period of my treatment. You knew my treatment schedule as much as I knew it, my chemo days, my test days, my immune booster days, my every moment. You are the definition of true friendship. Love you girl.

To every other fighter, don't relent in the fight. We are all conquerors. Champions. Fighters. Survivors. Don't give up. Don't loose hope. Together we can!

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Nov 11, 2016 04:37AM Moderators wrote:

Beautiful, and very encouraging! Thank you very much for sharing your story with everybody here.

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Nov 27, 2016 05:48PM Di2012 wrote:

My sincere gratitude and love for my caregiver's support moves me to tears.

When I was diagnosed only by a mammogram, (366 days from my previous clear mammogram), and several different biopsies, my tears were overflowing, a nervous wreck, with fear of the unknown and a thousand questions, but my caregiver "stepped up to the plate" and he was my ROCK.

He knew when I was in pain, anxious, scared, and on the verge of tears.

This caregiver drove me to every doctor's appointment and every surgery and waited for me to be ready to go home. He picked up all my prescriptions, and made sure I took them at the appropriate time. He shopped & cooked for me.

I have known my caregiver for for 48+ years, and he has also been my husband of 48+ years. I love him.


He also save my life this year, when I was very sick with what I thought was the flu. If he had not INSISTED in taking me to urgent care, I would probably would be dead.

(Urgent care had me transferred to a hospital by ambulance, tested me, CT scanned, critical care and I was again transferred to a larger hospital by ambulance, with a critical care team waiting for my arrival and was there 11 days with Severe Sepsis ( kidneys, heart, lungs, liver were failing or shut down) and C-diff.

Mentor 600cc HP gels moved towards armpits & exchanged 3/26/15 to Allergan410MF-580cc. Surgery 12/21/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 1/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 7/15/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/31/2013 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 3/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 7/14/2015 Reconstruction (left) Dx 1cm
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Nov 27, 2016 06:02PM gracie22 wrote:

Such nice stories. Di2012--what a beautiful picture, your husband's strength and tenderness comes through!

Dx IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 27, 2016 06:52PM Moderators wrote:

Yes, so true! Thank you Di 2012. Both of you are lucky to have each other Hug

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Jan 29, 2017 10:29AM coachvicky wrote:

My husband, Richard, said to me that he knew it would upset me when I lost my hair due to chemo. I replied that they had cut off my breasts but I could replace those. If, however, my hair does not come back I will be really p-od!

He said he would make it his mission to not only save my life but also save my hair.

He researched gel cap therapy.

He bought the caps.

He bought 20 pounds of dry ice the Sunday night before Monday's chemo and froze the caps.

He hauled the caps in ice chest to our cancer treatment center and put them on me every 15 - 20 minutes during chemo recording the internal on and off temperatures.

He saved my hair.

I will be forever grateful. Having myhair made chemo do-able. I felt in charge.

Dx 6/2016, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/7/2016, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/21/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 10/19/2017 Targeted Therapy Surgery
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Feb 16, 2017 12:04PM cliff wrote:

there is no way I can repay the support of my family, my wife, Luisa, has taken me to appointments, helped out, and even changed out surgical packing (eeeyu) during an infection. my son Dan stayed with me in the hospital overnight even when he had to work all day. both kids learned the lymph rub and proper lymph wrap to help out also. one of the biggest things keeping me going in the dark days just after surgery, when I found out it was stage4 and looked that up on the internet, was when my daughter announced she was pregnant. our first grandchild. I took the family out to supper at a nice restaurant last weekend and thanked them again.

Dx 3/16/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 16, 2017 05:10PM Moderators wrote:

cliff, it sounds like you have a lot of people who really love you Medicating

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