It Is A Humbling Experience
By andria perry
July 31, 2017 2:02pm CST
While most of us are setting around griping about not having cake, not getting things because of being broke and just not having stuff there is a humbling experience when you walk into this one room. In This room nothing matters but living. Today was the second of the immune therapy treatments he will be taking and what is so humbling is siting around talking to the people who have cancer and are sitting in a row of recliners with an I.V. in their arms being pumped with poison just to have another day of life. One of the guys there is 41 years old and he is on round 40 treatments of chemo, I feel so bad for him and his wife because when one cancer is gone another pops up some where else. Going back out to the lobby with the families and talking about all the pressures that the caregivers are under to make sure that the people each of us love makes it to the poison pumping station, so we can have them on earth another day. I felt so sorry for this one older man, not much older than me, he looked over after being given instruction for what his wife was to have to eat before a PET scan, the lady went back to change the appointment to be right after the radiation therapy, he slumped and sighed and said " how do these people think we are supposed to remember all of this? " I told him to get a date book and write each appointment down when he gets the appointment. then he said " what about eat this and not that?" I told him that would be on the instruction page then I put her words in layman terms, she said eat proteins and no carbs or sugar, I told him she can eat meats the night before but nothing else, no sweet anything, he then understood and you could see relief cross his face. When you get mad because you cannot go anywhere, think about those babies at St. Jude`s hooked up to the poison pumps and cannot leave that hospital. When you look in the mirror and think that you are ugly go visit the burn unit at the hospital. Maybe you`ll realize how good life really is. Life is so short to worry about stupid little things. Life is to short to hold grudges or stay mad. In the long run you are making your own self unhappy. This public announcement was brought to you by Angie, Who has seen more in this one lifetime to cover 10 life times.
27 people like this
• Lakewood, Colorado
This is a great post Andria. It is the one thing that bothers me immensely to hear someone batching and griping and not valuing their health or the fact that they have a place to live. Health is more valuable than anything in life. Thanks, this is the most thoughtful, useful discussion I have read this very day.
• Riga, Latvia
You are a beautiful and wise woman indeed. You are so right. I count my blessing everyday and I don't complain because somewhere someone is so much worse off. Hey, my hubby has temps back to normal but I am keeping him quiet this week until it all blows over. So yes counting blessing here and sending blessing to you with your heart of gold.
• Atlanta, Georgia
you're right, we should be thankful that we can get up and walk around. I saw more than enough sorrow when my son was at St. Judes to do me a life time but someone somewhere is suffering every day. I hope your husband is responding well to his treatments.
• Jacksonville, Florida
This is a very good reminder, thank you. As I'm sitting here on the cold tile floor and hungry since I have nothing to eat today-you have reminded me that I am not stuck in a hospital dying of anything horrible. Thank you.
• Greencastle, Indiana
I agree, people have NO IDEA how other peoples lives are & think THEY have it bad if their car won't start or they run out of something & don't have the $ for it or cause they can't have something they want they throw a fit, it's just pure selfishness & SAD.