Thursday, November 6, 2008

Remembering Patti

Several years ago I became involved with Chemo Angel. I was Patti's Angel. She had Stage 4 Breast Cancer and wasn't doing well. You can read more about Patti here. I was Patti's angel almost a year when all of the sudden I couldn't reach her. It was hard not to assume the worst. I kept sending cards and small presents hoping the worst was not true but since the Chemo Angel organization couldn't reach her or a contact person they had to remove her from the program.

Eventually I found out that Patti had passed away in April 2004. It was heartbreaking especially considering that she left two young children behind.

A few months later I found out that Patti's husband passed away unexpectedly in August just 4 months after Patti's death. My heart was broken for those kiddos. I made it my job to stay in contact with one of their grandmothers. We made sure to send a Christmas package that year.

I think of those kids often and remember to pray for them as well. It would be SO easy for me never to be a chemo angel again but my short relationship with Patti changed my life. It again reinforced the idea to live for today and to treasure each moment.

One of the terrific aspects of Chemo Angels is the wide range of options for volunteers. You can sign up as a Chemo- or Senior Angel, a Card Angel, or refer a friend to the program. To learn more click on the link of above. And say a prayer for Sarah and Zack today. It's been 4 1/2 years since their mother's death.


Brenda-Ann said...

Dawn Marie told me about Chemo Angels and I am a card angel to Mary. It has been a reaffirming experience for me.

Aimee said...

I'm so happy that you posted about ChemoAngels on your blog. I recently joined the admin ranks within the organization, while still angeling and doing special assignments. It's a wonderful organization. Sometimes there aren't happy endings, but knowing that you gave someone support, friendship, love and care when they needed it most, is very self-fulfilling. Better than 1,000 gifts under a Christmas tree!

~ Aimee