“He’s MY Miracle Patient” Dr. Milica Starcevic April 1, 2013
After reviewing all the blood work, checking in on recent history with his health, then receiving updates from both of us she just uttered these words:
“He Is My Miracle Patient!”
Given 3 to 4 months to live in October of 2011; In August of this year we will ‘celebrate’ 2 years since the original diagnosis of esophagus cancer. Like many families who go through a cancer diagnoses, we were filled with so many diverse emotions. Now two years past, we are thankful for each and every day we spend together. Sure some days are better than others, and the esophagus does ‘act-up’ from time to time; the tumor does have a mind of its own!
Being a family caregiver comes with quite a bit of sacrifice and courage, and just like ‘The Little One”, I have my good days and I have my bad days. Sleepless nights, worrying about things that I cannot control and wondering what’s going to happen next. It’s all part of the role of being a family caregiver.
Yet on a day like today, being a family caregiver is put into perspective when Dr. Starcevic turned to me and said “thank you for being a Caregiver.” Those long nights, followed by those uncertain days were a thing of the past by those simple words uttered by Dr. Starcevic! Of course, a big smile from ‘The Little One Helped, too!
You see…We Might Have Cancer,
But Cancer Does Not Have Us!
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