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Letter: Gratitude for cancer care

Alice Elizabeth Strait
Carbondale

For the first time since the discovery of my multiple myelomas (a blood-borne cancer) in October 2013, my energy, mobility and spirit was enough to visit the Rally the Valley set-up this month in Sayre Park. Pushing a “licensed” wheeled walker through the grass, it was obvious that much caring and thought had been put into the total event. Booths for information, for support, for Peyton, for food … nourishment of all kinds. Despite only staying from 10:15 to 11:00, my husband and I were very impressed.

Currently, once every week many of us must be at Calaway-Young Cancer Center for chemo/radiation regimens. Each time, the incredible lifesaving and comforting efforts of the integrative therapies team are available to us. Some of these services range from specific salves and items, equipment advice, tension-relieving massages, all given with heartwarming smiles, endless hugs and even healing hands in several personal crisis situations.

With the support of the Calaway-Young team, my life with cancer isn’t overwhelming anymore like it was in 2013-14. Instead it is full of caring, cheers, tiny miracles and hope. Thank goodness we have this fine facility and team to help us cancer fighters and survivors. Mountains of gratitudes also to the quiet folks of the Valley View Foundation; you’ve given me the financial support to continue to love, live, learn, provide light, always with lilting laughter.


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