"I was personally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. Being a cancer survivor starts when you are first diagnosed. The moment you find out you have cancer, you have a choice to either run and hide, or meet the challenge head on. It does not stop even when you are cancer-free. You treat each day as a new opportunity to take advantage of what has been given to you. My greatest strength is my perseverance and a strong attitude regardless of any situation I encounter.
When my wife was then diagnosed with cancer, I became her primary caregiver. I treasured my time with my wife, Jacci. It was the hardest, yet most rewarding job I have ever had. I learned very quickly that I was entrusted to take care of someone I loved very deeply. There are no training manuals or apps to guide you through the process. You do it out of unconditional love for that person. Looking back, I know I did the best that I could and I know that Jacci truly appreciated the love and compassion I was able to give her while she was with us."
To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference for cancer survivors in our community, please visit the Timken Family Cancer Center's page.