Posted by Barbara Whitcraft on December 12, 2001 at 14:08:16:
In Reply to: Re: I Hate Holidays posted by Anna Mae Duane on December 11, 2001 at 21:19:21:
The first thing the doctors wanted to do was to put me on muscle relaxers and anti-depressants. I couldn't do that because God blessed me with a grandson and I didn't want to be so doped up.
The people in Juneau were very compassionate and I had a lot of donations that I could use as I needed to so I elected to get massages.
I started studying the use of how aromatherapy could help me and I only use herbs to help my ailing body.
The Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa still receives calls from me when I can't handle another tear and when someone sees that I need a hug - I get one. I am lucky to be surrounded by friends and family.
The biggest thing that I do is to help newly diagnosed patients and really talk to the caregiver. I was a caregiver and had to learn so many things on my own.
I made up a checklist of things they need to take care of, finances they need to discuss with each other and I help visit with the cancer patient when the caregiver needs to get away.
These are things I wish I had when I was going through all this.
First and last I couldn't have survived all I have been through without God in my life, my mom said to me before she died last year that God won't give you more than you can handle. I sometimes wish that he would test me so much though.
God bless you and yours and thank you for your concern. I noticed that when I see a sad, weepy women's movie that makes me cry for being happy or sad, it clears my system out.
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