Celebrating the carers
In this month’s newsletter we pay tribute to the amazing people that are the carers to our patients. Over theyears, our team at SPDT 4 LIFE has had the pleasure of getting to know many truly incredible people, who come to China to support and care for their loved ones as they go through their treatment.
Friends, partners, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandchildren – we have met them all – and it has been our absolute privilege.
We have witnessed the best of human nature and the true meaning of unconditional love and commitment, in the interactions between our cherished patients and carers.
There are patients that have stayed with us for many months and their carers have been right there with them, every step of the way. Doing the shopping, cooking their food, doing the laundry, the ironing, laughing with them, crying with them and helping them with anything and everything they may want and need. Sometimes just being there with them is the most important thing, knowing they are not going through it alone. Having the unwavering support of a loved one can often mean the most.
And the carers do it all – selflessly putting their own feelings, thoughts and needs aside so as to focus on the needs of the patient. Sometimes it’s not easy, as the patient understandably can go through various emotions associated with being ill and the rigors of treatment. Often this is when we see the carers really shine. Their patience, compassion and love, are on full display as they do everything they can to make life easier for their loved ones. It’s truly a beautiful thing to behold.
It is not an easy job for carers by any means – yet most do it with a smile on their face and an enormous amount of love in their hearts. If they are burdened they don’t show it.
So to all the carers out there, we salute you and value and appreciate all the amazing, selfless things you do for our patients and your loved ones.
Sincerely – from the bottom of our hearts – we thank you! The SPDT 4 LIFE Team
Life is better with true friends….
It is Spring Festival time in the year of the Rooster and in the south of China, like the early summer, spring is very warm. Here in Guangzhou, known as “Flower City”, we are surrounded by many of the beautiful flowers that earned us this name.
However, Chris Ellery, who has travelled from Australia to be a carer for her dear friend Liz, has no time or desire to enjoy this beautiful spring scenery. She is firmly focused on her reason for being in China. Chris says, ”This trip is purely to give Liz the best chance of living a longer life. I expect Liz can defeat cancer after this treatment.”
Although Liz has had treatment at SPDT 4 LIFE last year and responded well, she still feels anxious at the prospect of more time away from home and more cancer therapies. So, this time Chris has made the pilgrimage to China with Liz, to keep her company and support her.