It’s not about the wise men, this Christmas.
Our gift to you comes from two ladies who consider ourselves anything but wise. In fact, our story started with the words, “Don’t you wish you would have known…?” and continued with a resounding, “Oh, wow…yes! I wish someone could have prepared me for…!”
Because there is no way to know what you’re going to need when a loved one’s life hangs in the balance. There is no preparation you can do for administering dangerous chemicals to your child. No studying prepares you to learn to let go of your loved one while at the same time fighting harder than your own life to help them with theirs (and that phrase makes sense if you’ve been there). Nothing takes your breath away like hearing those diagnostic words declaring the battle plans you didn’t even know existed.
When your loved one is diagnosed, your life changes as much as theirs.
But the treatments are for them. The medicine is for the patient. The financial help is for the recipient. Support staff, books, hospital rooms – everything is geared toward helping your loved one survive that catastrophic, life-changing illness. Just like you want it to be!
Anita and I have said to each other, repeatedly, there isn’t much we’d change, looking back over the treatment for her husband and my boy. We’d still fight the battles, maintain the home, fight for the rights of our patient.
There’s not much we’d change in the care we gave…
But boy could we have treated ourselves better in the process!
Maybe we could have understood, a little better, what the nurses said when they sympathetically clucked, “Now, you must take care of yourself too.” What if we had accepted more offers of help? Maybe we should not have buried our worries, fought the insurance companies all by ourselves or eaten whatever we could grab in between treatments?
What if we could have known?
Our gift, we pray, is that others can learn what our life-of-care-giving has taught us. One step at a time.
Our gift, this Christmas, is a free book for you. It’s not gold, frankincense or myrrh from the Wise Men – it’s just some stories and advice from two ladies who’ve been there.
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