"He's My Miracle Patient!"

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“He’s MY Miracle Patient”  Dr. Milica Starcevic April 1, 2013

Today as we visited Richard’s primary care physician for his quarterly check-up. This is no April Fools joke, reality before our eyes, a miracle in the works!  BRS2



After reviewing all the blood work, checking in on recent history with his health, then receiving updates from both of us she just uttered these words:

“He Is My Miracle Patient!”

Given 3 to 4 months to live in October of 2011; In August of this year we will ‘celebrate’ 2 years since the original diagnosis of esophagus  cancer.  Like many families who go through a cancer diagnoses, we were filled with so many diverse emotions.  Now two years past, we are thankful for each and every day we spend together.  Sure some days are better than others, and the esophagus does ‘act-up’ from time to time; the tumor does have a mind of its own!

Being a family caregiver comes with quite a bit of sacrifice and courage, and just like ‘The Little One”, I have my good days and I have my bad days.  Sleepless nights, worrying about things that I cannot control and wondering what’s going to happen next.  It’s all part of the role of being a family caregiver. 


Yet on a day like today, being a family caregiver is put into perspective  when Dr. Starcevic turned to me and said “thank you  for being a Caregiver.”  Those long nights, followed by those uncertain  days were a thing of the past by those simple words uttered by Dr. Starcevic!  Of course, a big smile from ‘The Little One Helped, too!

You see…We Might Have Cancer,

But Cancer Does Not Have Us!

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  1. Linda Brendle on April 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Praise God for such wonderful news! And I know what you mean about the doctor’s acknowledgement of your role. It meant so much to me when a doctor or a friend whispered on my ear, ” you’re doing a wonderful job,” especially on those days when I felt like a total failure.

  2. Jill on April 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations to both of you. What wonderful news. This was truly a team effort.

  3. Chris MacLellan - 'Be A Healthy Caregiver' on April 2, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hi Linda!

    Thanks so much for your comments, it is always great to hear from you.

    Continued blessing on your good work, too!

  4. Chris MacLellan - 'Be A Healthy Caregiver' on April 2, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thanks Jill,

    Thinking of you, too! HUGS from both of us!

  5. gracehannainc on April 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Terrific news for both of you. HOpe the good results continue.