“I’m Drew Wilmot, and I’M SURVIVING.”
Jill and I spend our days and nights doing the things parents do—helping with homework, coaching little league, loving our children with all our might. So naturally, the kids were my first thought when I was told I had cancer for the first tme.
My life became a blur of blood draws, CT scans, transfusions, and a bone marrow biopsy. There was so much information coming at me. I felt like I was drinking through a fire hose. How had a rash and night sweats turned into this?
The diagnosis, 6 months of chemo, and 24 months of Rituxim maintenance took mental and physical tolls, But I got through it, with help from an army of supporters. This support continued last year when I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had to have surgery, which was successful!
Because of the hundreds of people who have supported HopeWalks...
· My wife and I were able to meet with Dr. Susan Swick, a Child Psychiatrist and PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program Director. Dr. Swick gave us an honest, age appropriate, step by step plan to help us talk to our kids about my diagnosis.
· I had access to the Vernon Cancer Center’s Reiki services. Sessions during my chemo treatments eased my anxiety and gave me renewed strength to keep fighting my cancer.
· I benefited from regular meetings with my clinical social worker. My diagnosis and anxiety still get the best of me sometimes. Rachelle’s help has been lifesaving.
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