Thank Goodness for Gilda’s Club!

 

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with a Gratitude Post. Yes. I’m so grateful for Gilda’s Club right now. I called them after I received my diagnosis and I found out what an incredible organization it is. Here’s their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/gildasclubgr

First of all, they told me they serve free meals Monday through Thursday. This amazed me. What an awesome organization and it’s not just for the cancer patient it’s for the whole family. This is for everyone not just those families who don’t have the greatest insurance or no insurance at all. This just warmed my heart that someone thought about this.

They also have support groups for not only the cancer patient, but also a group for the spouses as well as a group for the children. I’m definitely going to try to get my hubby and kids to go. I think it would be good for them.

However, that’s not the main reason I’m grateful. They put me in touch with someone who has gone through the same exact thing I’m going through now. When we spoke, it was after I had received the “education” portion from the nurse about the drugs I’m going to have to take. Now the education was important, but it created a lot of anxiety for me.

I grew anxious because someone close to me had passed away from Ovarian cancer after fighting it for ten years. So, the image that came to my mind was her and how she was toward the end. She was very weak and wasn’t able to walk on her own.

This scared me. Therefore, when I spoke with the person from Gilda’s Club she calmed my fears and I will be forever grateful to her for that. (Thanks Ginger!) She told me that she was nauseated but able to work although I should expect fatigue. I won’t be able to do as much as I used to.

She also told me the side effects of some of the drugs she took. This was very helpful because they were the same drugs that I’m going to have to take and the debilitating effect that I was expecting is not the reality. So that eased my mind.

In closing, I’d like to say if you ever find yourself stricken with this disease please look for a Gilda’s Club in your area. It will help you. I guarantee it.

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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6 Responses to Thank Goodness for Gilda’s Club!

  1. They seem like an awesome group! I’m glad you found one close to you! 😀

  2. sharonledwith says:

    Hugs, Lisa! Support surrounds you! I really miss Gilda – my favorite from the SNL bunch! She did something wonderful, and left a legacy for others to heal. Wishing you all the best, my friend! Get well, be well! Cheers!

  3. ProteanMom says:

    Hang in there!

    Yeah, nurses and doctors talk strangely. We have to tell you every, single, worst-case possibility and not make any promises. It’s hard, because it strips away a lot of the capability for empathy (not all of it, thankfully). I’m glad you found someone who could talk with you and comfort your fears. 🙂

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Yes! It was such a blessing. I can see where it would be difficult to be a doctor or nurse and have to tell a patient bad news. I am very thankful for Gilda’s Club. Speaking with a person that’s gone through what I’m about to was extremely helpful. Thanks for stopping by Protean Mom!

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