COMMUNITY IS IMMUNITY
Beyond the therapies, the programs, the classes and the products we offer....
We are here because there is a gap in the way someone with CANCER is cared for. THERE ARE OPTIONS for care and YOU (everyone) needs to know about them <3
Unfortunately, when the words "You have cancer" are dished out, there is no manual on what to do next in order to restore your actual HEALTH.
The doctors follow guidelines for drug administration to attack the cancer, but there's no advice or guidance on what you are supposed to do with your LIFE and how to live with cancer in a meaningful, intentional, and purposeful way.
There's no path for recovery.
The system is designed to only attack the cancer, not to support the BEING the cancer has developed in.
It is leaving people to fall through the cracks; physically, emotionally, practically, spiritually and socially.
My Dad was one of them.
As his caregivers, so were we :(
-He/we had questions that were left unanswered.
-He/we had ideas that were laughed at.
-He/we shared his at-home remedies that were giving him improvements in his daily life and it was blown off.
-He/we informed medical staff of therapies we were considering and were told, "do not waste your time".
So deflating. Especially when you are the one facing your mortality - protecting your life, seeking every meaningful minute on this earth and are told - just STOP wasting your time.
He was offered the 75 year old standard of conventional care and was making every attempt to preserve precious life.
We just wanted support and maybe....a smile or glimmer of encouragement ;)
Time after time, I sat in the waiting room of my Dad's treatments wishing and PRAYING that something would appear that could offer HOPE: a flyer, an advertisement, a commercial...something - anything that could point to the additional information that I was searching for.
He just wanted to feel good.
He wanted to be understood.
He wanted to be listened to.
He wanted resources and information.
He wanted to find something NORMAL in his life aside from cancer.
NONE of this happened at his oncological appointments. The docs were in and out in a matter of minutes. Never giving warm - fuzzy feelings. No compassion. Never offering hope or signs that (we) were doing things right.
It was so dark and grim. Honestly, I felt like we all died a little each time we attended one of those appointments.
It was discouraging and took so much extra work to re-fill (all of ourselves) after those meetings.
-We wanted a place to go that offered relaxation and reminded us that taking action in FAITH was (always) the right answer.
-We needed to talk to others who had ideas to share and the decency to listen to ours.
-We wanted hugs and love and understanding and to just know that cancer didn't have to be a death sentence.
We didn't necessarily need to be told all-the-things, we just wanted to connect with others, in the same situation (community) who embraced us as we were.
WE NEEDED THE IMMUNITY OF COMMUNITY!
I remember my Mom reviewing medical bills. She never did this in front of my Dad though. She also never complained. EVER. I took a peek one day. My heart-rate rose and I could feel the sweat beading up all over my body. A knot formed in my throat and I couldn't swallow as I scrolled my eyes across the bills.
It looked like a kid had typed in ridiculously random numbers and hit print. NOPE. True numbers. Legit bill.
I had no idea the disgusting depth of costs cancer came with (a topic for discussion at another time). Out of control system, for sure.
In my endless and non-stop research, I felt like I had found a few places that offered what seemed to be the support and therapies we were looking for! After my previous quick glance at my Dads medical bills, I knew the were out of our affordability range.
From there, Theta Living came to be and we welcome YOU, whether you are the patient or the caregiver - we are here for you.
-We will listen to you.
-We understand you.
-We will smile and love you and share all of the resources we have to share (if needed).
We count on COMMUNITY to support COMMUNITY.
We are dependent upon sponsors to enable us to provide these programs/classes to those with CANCER and their CAREGIVERS for FREE, without referral <3