No Hill For a Climber, Our Journey With Cancer

My dear wife Loraine and I have been care takers for the last nine months or so for her brother who has been battling liver cancer. Now imagine the punch in the gut this week when we learned that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This, after having already under going under surgery twice in the past for completely different cancers.

There is not too much to write about on this today as we do not know yet just what stage the cancer is, nor will we know the treatment plan until we meet with one of her three physicians next Friday. What I can say is, the last couple days have been an emotional roller coaster for all of us. Loraine and I have promised each other to remain positive and upbeat about this diagnosis and we will fight to do what ever it takes for her to beat it. With Loraine’s permission, I am going to document our journey, all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly, in the hopes that maybe our journey might help others in their own journey of fighting breast cancer. I never imagined that I would have two loved ones under my roof, both suffering from different cancers at the same time. It is going to be tough, but we will get through this one way or another.

In closing, I want to reiterate how important it is for all to have healthy dietary habits and to exercise as often as we can. We all should be doing this anyhow. My message to any and all whom might also be caretakers of loved ones, remember you must take care of yourself too. You must still give your own health and well being top priority as you cannot take care of your loved ones if you do not first take good care of yourself. If you are a caretaker, you really need to consider just how important it is to keep your immune system strong in order to keep your body healthy. If you have never been one to exercise, consider getting cleared by your doctor to begin some type of physical fitness regimen, even if it is just getting out for a refreshing walk. I have found through my personal battles with depression and post traumatic stress, exercise is the best medicine for resetting the mind when life is tough.

If you are the praying type, please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we battle these cancers. I hope that by documenting our journey, we can help others  who are also going through this with information and also to let you know that you are not alone.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jimi Magenheimer says:

    My brother and life long friend.
    This news is one of a shocker.
    I will be sending request to our Creator of all time and the universe on behalf of your entire family. I want you to know that I love you and that I will be here if ever you need to have help with any thing. This blog is teally a positive vibe and source of truth for me.

    Prayers for discovery and healing.
    Peace to your spirit my dear friend

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thanks my brother. I love you too.

  2. That is truly devastating news.
    But you are so brave in the way that you and Lorraine have decided to deal with it.
    I will pray for your family, of course.

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thank you, we appreciate the prayers my friend.

  3. jmarie1974 says:

    My thoughts are with you are your family.

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thank you so much. We appreciate it.

  4. Sending you positive energy, David. I know you’re wife will beat this.

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thank you Frieda for your kind words. Loraine is a fighter, so I’m sure we will beat this.

  5. Pam says:

    David, I’m so sorry to hear about Lorraines diagnosis. I know this is a terrible blow. Especially with caring for her brother.
    I will keep all of you in my prayers.

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thank you Pam. This is tough, but we will get through this as we have the last two cancers she has had. Early detection is key. Thankfully we had early detection.

  6. Sara says:

    THANK you my better half an i were varers for my mum with dementia also self employed wit vattle farms . My mum is now in a retirment home .this year i get recalled for breast cancer invasive one caught early but already lymph nodes. Doing radiation treatment going good mate . Yes as a CArer please take time to care for you . I nearly lost my soul anh health caing for my Mum . I pray for you and would love to follow your journey . Xxxxxx

    1. David Yochim says:

      Sara, thank for reading and commenting with such a heartfelt response by sharing your story with us. I feel for you, this battle we are fighting when our lived ones are not well is very tough. Thank you for the prayers and know that I will be praying for you and your family as well. Please do follow along, you can actually subscribe to my website. It is entirely free to our readers, we never charge anything to anyone to follow this labor of love. Please share with others who may enjoy and benefit from my articles.


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