our participant stories
Shared Experiences are Beacons of Hope
Barely six months after I retired and my wife and I moved into our dream home, Brenda was diagnosed with Stage 3+ colorectal cancer. I became her caregiver for the next three years, as she underwent rounds of testing, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Caregivers are easily overwhelmed with all the new tasks required, and I was no exception. A timely newspaper article steered us to The Wellness Community–Central Ohio; the facility became our second home, and the wonderful, caring people who make up the TWC-CO community became our second family.
I joined the Caregiver Support Group, attended Caregiver workshops and the Frankly Speaking seminar on Colorectal Cancer. Several solutions to problems Brenda and I were experiencing came from the Caregiver Support Group, including the suggestion to use microwavable mittens and booties to combat cold hands and feet. This was a huge help for Brenda.
Brenda passed away in November 2009, when cancer outpaced her ability to fight. I transitioned to the Grief and Loss Support Group and have found more help and solutions for my new life, now alone. I'm also looking forward to attending Cooking for Wellness and Mindfulness Meditation sessions soon.
The Cancer Support Community is an incredible resource, offering many, many programs to support, train, nurture and comfort cancer patients and their caregivers — all entirely without cost to participants. I am eternally grateful to this community for its help to me and to Brenda.