In October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness I will post a daily blog with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections will stem from something in the play. (All quoted lines are text from the play.)
Day 19: Where Else Could I Possibly Be? I decided without much thinking that I needed to be with Susan every step of the way. I was with her at each doctor appointment. I was with her in the pre-op bay of the hospital. I spent “three long days and nights” in her room in the hospital after her double mastectomy. I was at each subsequent chemo-therapy session and each radiation treatment. These were among the most difficult moments for me, sometimes because I needed to do things I could not imagine doing like emptying “these to plastic bulbs that hung off either side of her chest that were filled with a red liquid.” Other times because I needed to be strong as the news became darker. In the time since this experience I have come to value those moments, perhaps the most, because I think they were the most important and ultimately most intimate moments with Susan. In the show after a particularly difficult time in the hospital I say, “I don’t know where else I could possibly be.”
Stat of the Day: 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged according to the Family Caregiving Alliance.
Task of the Day: Find someone who is a caregiver and offer to give them a break for an evening or an afternoon.
Resource of the Day: The Family Caregiving Alliance National Center on Caregiving can point you to a vast network of support for Family Caregiving.