Families Struggle to Deal with Family Health Issues

Comentary by Jennifer Black

 I went last week and had a CAT scan and this was the second time they told me I don’t have any cancer. But now, I have emphysema, so I went from one thing to another.  Then they found spots on my liver so I have to have another CAT scan done to see what’s up with that. I’d be happy if God would just let me get well so I can start bettering my life.  One day at a time, I get up. I’m not as tired as I used to be. I lay around a lot, but I’m not really tired anymore, I have more energy. And thanks to NEOCH and the street newspaper because that gives me something to do. I get to look forward to doing something in the community rather than lying in bed. Lying around makes me feel sick and drained.

I look forward to spending time with my grandson, I get him every weekend. I’m starting a relationship again with my daughter and son. I’d like to spend time with my mom, but I haven’t heard from her.  My mother is raising my niece’s baby and that’s not fair because she’s old. I have been trying to get in touch with her, and I’m concerned. I really just want to hear from her. 

I had to get an ultra sound for my tumors. So now I have to find out about those. I’m all messed up. I’m just praying to God so that I eventually get well. I want to live a long time for my grandson. It would be nice if I could find some support group I could go to. I want something to do during the day to look forward to. I want to start doing things differently because God gave me a second chance. Right now, I’m taking it one day at a time. I like going to the West Side Market because you meet so many interesting people. I’m glad to be part of the NEOCH program.  Because God gave me a second chance, I want to do things differently this time.

I’m in the process of trying to move. Right now where I’m living is not a stable place to be. I’m praying for another place to stay. I’m leaving it in God’s hands. I’m just happy to be here.

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