Saturday, October 22, 2005

Volunteer Job

I wanted to say congratulations to all who have been nominated for a Vivi Award.  I am very surprised that I was nominated for Most Inspirational Journal.  That is all I will say about that.  Except thank you all who voted for me.  It is such a great honor.  Thank you, thank you.

A few weeks back I mentioned that I was in a Cancer Survivor's group.  It is for Cancer Survivors and their spouses.  Well, I just wanted to mention that they created a really cool volunteer job for me! 

What the volunteer work entails is going into the oncology unit at the oncology department near my home and doing crafts with the patients while they get their chemo. 

First let me say this is a really nice oncology unit.  It is a very nice atmosphere there.  Yes, it is HORENDOUS going through chemo (when John had Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma I went with him every time he had a treatment), but this oncology department tries to make it as comfortable as possible.  There are wonderful chairs for the patients to sit in while getting chemo, and tables in front of the chairs.  The patients can do things while sitting there and waiting for the chemo to be done (John's chemo used to take three or four hours to complete).  They can even eat if they are not too nauseous.  I used to bring lunch and drinks in for John because he was able to eat!  Also, each person has his own TV to watch at his chair.  

At any rate,  The Cancer Survivor's organization got the idea that we could go in there and do crafts with whomever wants to while they are receiving chemo.  We have several projects in mind.  

We have two purposes to have somebody go in and do projects with those getting chemo.  The first is to have the patients have something fun to do to keep their mind off the chemo.  (Not that they can really keep their mind off of the chemo, but we hope to keep them a little distracted.)  The second is to tell them about our Survivors group, in case they want to come, or get any services from us.  We want to provide any services to them that they want. 

Well, I am excited about this, and amazed that they picked me out of everybody to do this.  If I don't do it alone, then I will be the director of everyone who does it.

One thing that will be hard is that I will have to work around the times that John needs his medicine and care.  I will either tell them I will have to go early morning before I have to wake him for his first dose of medications, or after 12 noon when he takes his second dose and goes back to bed.  And before he needs to each lunch and get hydrated.  The timing will be tricky, but John is my first priority.  Maybe I will only do it once or twice a week, for a couple of hours.  I will tell them WHEN I can do it.  

Another thing depends upon when John will have his 
bone marrow transplant.  If it is soon, the whole thing is going to have to wait a year until after he has it. Because he will require a year of care at home.  We shall see.  I will make it work out.

Well, that's about it for now.  Hope you all are doing well.  Love you all, Krissy :)

32 comments:

  1. It is wonderful they created the job for you Krissy, I am so pleased and great that you have been nominated for a Vivi award.  The very best of luck to you my dear friend xxxxx

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  2. Congratulations!!! You deserve it. The volunteer job sounds great:) keep your spirit up and stay strong:)How was the roast?

    Deb

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  3. Congrats on your nomination ! I think the Cancer survivor group is great cause. I lost my mom to cancer five years ago (lung) and its such a difficult thing to go thru. You are such a caring person to give of yourself , when you yourself are struggling. God Bless you  and John.

    Ellen
    http://journals.aol.com/eml625/Onedayatatime

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  4. Congratulations on the nomination and new volunteer job!!
    And I am sure they will have no problem working around your schedule!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Linda :)

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  5. sarajanesmiles10/22/2005 11:38 AM

    The volunteer job sounds great Krissy, I am sure you will be providing a much needed service, and hopefully you will find it rewarding too :o)
    Congrats on your nomination my dear!!
    Sara   x

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  6. Congrats, on the Vivi Award nomination Krissy. The volunteer job sounds great, don't think they would have a problem working around your schedule. You are such a sweet caring person.    ~Deborah

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  7. Yea for you!!  You totally deserve it!!!  I was hoping you'd make it.   Nancy

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  8. jlocorriere0510/22/2005 12:53 PM

    I hope you'll enjoy the volunteer job when it starts, it'll be good for you knowing you're helping somebody through their rough time. Congratulations on the VIvi nomination too! Jeannette.xx.

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  9. That's great about the volunteer job... just what you where looking for! Oh, and if you want to do a really nice crochet chemo cap, I have the link for a GREAT pattern. E-mail me if you want it...

    AND, CONGRATULATIONS on your ViVi nomination!!
    http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

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  10. princesssaurora10/22/2005 2:41 PM

    That is awesome about the volunteering..good luck with it.

    COngrats on the Vivi nomination...you deserve it.

    be well,
    Dawn

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  11. Krissy; congrats on the ViVi nomination!! You are an inspiration!

    I think this volunteer job is so essential. I never thought what chemo patients do while they get their chemo. I never realized it took so long either. I think having something to help divert their minds is a wonderful thing to do!

    Good luck with it!

    betty

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  12. Congrats on your nomination Krissy, it is well deserved.  Well done on the voluntary job too. :-)

    Sandra xxxx

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  13. articwulf5836810/22/2005 3:29 PM

    I knew I was forgetting to congradulate someone! I am sorry I forgot to put it in my journal for the VIVI awards. I am glad you got a very sood volunteer job. Brandie

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  14. springangel23510/22/2005 4:00 PM

    Hi Krissy,

    I am not surprised you were nominated...you and John both are inspirational to others in many ways.  I know what you described was the same chemo situation setup my Mom had too...tv, could eat if she wanted to, but she could not.  They make it as nice as they can for the patients.  You take care of yourself too.  Hope you and John have a wonderful weekend and I am proud of knowing both of you and the volumteer work is right up your alley too...hugs,
    joyce

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  15. congrats on your nomination!
    ~Julie

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  16. Congratulations my friend, you are an inspiration to all of us.
    Sylvia xx

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  17. I'm not suprised that your were nominated for Most Inspirational Journal and I want to give you a hardy congratulations.

    Marlene - A Poets Point Of View

    http://journals.aol.com/mkolasa101/PurelyPoetry

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  18. Congratulations on your VIVI nomination
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

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  19. Congratulations on the nomination!  And what a very cool thing for you to do!  I am sure it will be very much appreciated by the patients!  Enjoy it!  JAE

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  20. thefaircolleen10/22/2005 7:49 PM

    congratulations on your nomination for the vivi awards.The job sounds great and its no surprise they have picked you for this Krissy. . .you will be a fabulous person to have around.

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  21. What a great idea. Congratulations on being selected. I hope you're able to make time for this, it sounds like a wonderful cause. But of course the love of your life comes first.

    Julie

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  22. Dear Krissy, congratulations on your nomination !!  And bless you for even considering doing volunteer work at this busy time in your life. I think that's wonderful.  If I were there, I'd play a song on my accordian for you.  Keep looking up ^

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  23. Congratulations on your VIVI  nomination.    Soon everyone will love your journal.  You are such a kind and thoughtfull person.     Dawn

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  24. republicanjen10/23/2005 12:42 AM

    Congratulations on your Vivi awards nomination!
    journals.aol.com/republicanjen/RepublicanJen

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  25. Oh, I think that this sounds like such a blessing for you and for the patients!  Hey, would you like me to come with you some days and help?  I love you, my favoritest nominee and favoritest sister!! xox
    http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ValsThoughts

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  26. Krissy......congradulations on the nomination and nobody deserves it more.  You are such a neat person and I wish I was there to help you and John.  You would make the most wonderful volunteer.....So glad to have you in my life.....

                                                                     Love and hugs MoodyMyke

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  27. dbaumgartner10/23/2005 2:48 PM

    Krissy, you've got a heart of gold and I am not surprised that you were picked.  You are gem and a blessing to everyone your life touches along the way.

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  28. CONGRADULATIONS MY FRIEND ON YOUR VIVI

    hugs
    angelrose

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  29. nightmaremom10/23/2005 6:57 PM

    Congrats on the VIVA nomination.  Good Luck!

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  30. I'm so excited about your new volunteer position.  I'm looking forward to reading more about this new endeavor.  I see multiple services and benefits with this one, Krissy!  Excellent, win-win, go get 'em girl!
    Congratulations on your Vivi Award nomination!
    Best,
    Judith
    http://journals.aol.com/jtuwliens/MirrorMirrorontheWall

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  31. Happy that you were nominated for most inspirational journal.  I was at a church dinner at a non-denominational church Friday evening, so I couldn't be at the journal chat.  I am still not on the Net but an hour a day.    mark

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  32. Clapping!  Congrats on your Vivi nomination!

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