Cancer Hero: Lymphoma Cancer Caregiver Irene Coats

IMG_0272I never heard that word much before I got
Cancer, then it became a word I heard
a lot and a name I counted on to help me
through OUR JOURNEY- our journey because
we both needed to fight this dreaded
disease together.

A *care giver* can be anyone, that is,
anyone that cares and is willing to go
the extra mile. My *care giver* was sent
to me like an Angel from God.(my wife)
She had been prepared for this job for
years but little did we know that is
was another tough time for her.

She was always there and always cared, not grumbling,
not to busy, but loving, compassionate , yes caring. Going with me
to the doctors when we discovered a tumor in my groin. Going with me
when they did a biopsy and when we got the word that I had follicular
Lymphoma, stage 3 cancer in my lymph nodes. She was there not just
as an extra set of ears or eyes. But that Angel to hold my hand to
hug me to cry with me. Yes my *care giver* and I were totally bonded
as one, as we looked to the future and saw nothing, nothing that
mattered but knowing we would walk through this fog and come out
the other side together holding hands and the hand of Jesus.

Chemo came and went and there she was with me at the cancer center holding
my hand encouraging me and then at home. Laying in bed she gave me hugs
and love and went about doing the things around the house that I could not
do now, (extra work) besides doing all the regular things she did around
the house. I looked at her in a different way now. She was giving me
everything and I wanted to give her all my love but felt helpless. My
heart was bursting for my wife who was given to me by God. *Care giver*
means so much more to me now than I ever thought it could. I felt so
helpless as I watched her spend all her love and energy on me, someone
who needed her desperately It is hard to put in words what I feel so deeply.

You really find out what a person is made of when the chips are down
and the rubber meets the road. Someone you can count on for everything
and have complete confidence in. An angel that God sends you to help you
through the tough times.

That’s what I think a *care giver* is. God Bless them.
By W. Dale Coats

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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