What my caregiver means to me:
When asked: What does my caregiver mean to me? I froze. I didn’t know what to write. I was overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts and memories. Can I tell you something? Before Chris and I were even married. I got really sick. It wasn’t crazy like cancer or anything, but I had a double ear infection a busted ear drum and pink eye. The day I was diagnosed with all this mess was a Sunday and Chris was kind enough to spend the day binge watching Game of Thrones and helping me with my frequent eye drops and ear drops. That was the day, I knew without a doubt, that I wanted to marry him. Because I knew he would take care of me. Little did I know what was coming, and how truly important this would be.
What Jack's Caregiver Coalition means to me:
I think the Jack's mission is very important. It’s actually the first thing that Chris started to do for himself. It was after we started going to support groups at Gilda’s Club that he found Jack’s, and I’m so happy that he did. It was the start to a beautiful way to take care of himself but to also offer help to others in similar situations. Chris has made life long friends through Jack’s, but he also found avenues to have some fun and do exciting and happy things. It was the start of a new era for him. It was after Jack’s that he started to want to do more. He started working out and running marathons for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. He’s done amazing things and continues to do so in support of the disease his wife had and for others who have suffered the same fate.