Don and I are basically retired, so no real work complications. But in recent years my volunteer work has evolved into a program I call, The Quilt Connection. I regularly visit 5 facilities where I gather with senior groups. We don't sew, but we gather around my quilt to share stories, music, ideas... like real quilters once did. It absolutely pains me, not knowing when I'll see these folks again.
I started my first group at Silverado, when my mother was a resident with Alzheimer's. I wanted to create a group for her, full of laughter and conversation. I told stories at first, until I realized their stories were much better. I loved providing the weekly activity for my mother, but after she died I realized I was hooked. I continued at Silverado, but started programs at other Senior Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Over the years I've bonded with so many folks. I never missed a gathering, unless I was out of town. Then I would worry... because the Alzheimer's folks really would forget me. and sometimes an elderly friend passed away and I knew, my most active group would playfully give me a hard time when i returned.
So I called the center directors and I shared my news. I didn't know my treatment plans, so I couldn't say when I'd be back. But I felt relief. They would know how and what to share with my dear "Quilt Groups".
A few days after surgery I got a phone call from Betty, one of my dear regulars. She's older than my mother, but she works her cell phone like a teen! She called because she was worried. We both ended up laughing on the phone. Betty was relieved to hear my strong voice and I was eager to hear her comforting one. My mom is no longer here, so Betty got to step in and give me a mom pep talk. Thanks Betty!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!