ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Christmas 2017 Message

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

As I think and experience this lesson second hand through my mom, I’m sitting with her as she’s receiving a host of different types of Chemo feed through an implanted pump. Today was an 8 hour day, one bag after another, along with Potassium and fluids to help keep her hydrated. And it followed with a take-home Chemo pump for another 48 hours. I think of how one word can change your life forever – Cancer.

The treatment center has rows of chairs, IV pumps, TVs, places for family and friends, and even warm blankets and recliners that have built-in heaters which I’ve enjoyed. For the most part, it’s usually a quiet room. Not much talking between one another beyond the type of cancer and how long you’ve been dealing with it. Most patients and families just keep to themselves. Yet, everyone is friendly. The majority of the patients I’ve seen so far have been women – almost 80%. Nearly all are of 65 years old or older. As I hear the patients sharing their stories, some have been coming for a short time, and others have coming here for 2, 5, 10 and event 20 years. Wow! And to think, some days I have the nerve to complain my cheeseburger took to long.

Cancer isn’t always a death sentence. Great strides have been made with research. Patients talk about when they first diagnosed and that the types of treatment were not even around. One person mentioned she’s been coming to this facility for 17 years. That’s proof that life doesn’t stop when you’ve told you have Cancer.

Many patients seems to have a pep in their step and others seem to be physically and mentally exhausted I suspect for them, you and I included, never pictured getting sick. At times, the realities of life set in for what life and bring our ways.

Life short, we can’t take tomorrow for granted.

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