Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy New Year

Holidays bring stress. That’s a fact, at least in my family. MG_6298

But we’re a battle-tested group, small but mighty, combat-proven over the last four years of war against cancer. But the holidays seem to always know our weaknesses.

This year it was my weakness that was exploited. After not being under the weather for four years, I was finally felled by a sinus infection that was determined to kill me with a series of intense headaches that have yet to depart completely.

And while the report of my lack-of-demise continued to disappoint the world at large, I continued to get up and care for my wife as best I could because caregiving is not optional.

Do I write this to impress you? No, please no.

I journal this only to impress upon you that there is no season or reason to forget the purpose of a caregiver’s existence. We don’t live as much as donate the years of our lives to the comfort and dignity of our loved ones. This is unconditional, non-negotiable, not subject to weather or the limits of a warranty.

In so many ways, caregivers are the gift that keep on giving.

Ho, ho, ho and happy new year.

Reposted from my blog http://besidesthecancer.org .

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About Bob Marcotte

WHAT ABOUT BOB?My name is Bob Marcotte, and I am a musician, photographer, author and caregiver. Unlike my other job titles, the caregiver job title came without training and with little notice. Now, it’s the job title I am most proud of.I live in California with my wife, Carole, who is still recovering from her massive surgeries. We are guarded and kept company by our two dogs and a cat, all rescued animals. After the Stanford medical miracle, perhaps Carole can be considered ‘rescued’, too.You can contact us at bob@besidesthecancer.org .ABOUT THE BOOKIf everyone's life is a book, and every day a page, then there are some days that deserve to be dog-eared. Your high school graduation, your wedding day, the birth of your children, and the day that your doctor discusses cancer with you for the first time.I wrote "You Mean, Besides the Cancer?" to vent frustration, to keep hold of my sanity, and hopefully help future caregivers. If you are a caregiver, or about to be one, this book can hopefully shortcut the learning curve that sliced me to shreds.This book is the story of my wife's cancer and our journey through the medical system that eventually led us to one of the most cutting edge, lifesaving surgeries on earth.You can buy the book on our blog or online at the usual online bookstores. The price of the e-book is $1.99. It's as low as they'd let be price it. This book was not written to make money.Our blog is http://besidesthecancer.org.

2 thoughts on “Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy New Year

  1. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    Hi Bob–I hope you are feeling better. Those sinus infections are the worst.

    I love this: “we donate the years of our lives to the comfort and dignity of our loved ones.”

    You always make me think!

    Happy New Year! Wishing you and Carole comfort and peace each and every moment.

  2. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Hope you’re feeling better, Bob. I too love your “donate…”, what a wonderful way to look at caregiving! Many blessings and peace to you and yours in the new year.


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