TANYA WAGGONER, Sandpoint
Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about Community Cancer Services to support Leadership Sandpoint’s “Got Gas” fundraiser. For more information please call 208-255-2301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am honored to be asked to speak to all of you about Community Cancer Services and how they have helped me and my family.
In June 2008 my husband Brian was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He was only 40 years old at the time. We had three boys and a very busy life. Our days became filled with doctor appointments and surgeries then onto chemotherapy and side effects.
Up to that point I had always been a person who could handle anything. If I didn’t know the answer I would find a book to give it to me. Unfortunately there was no book on how to handle an ill husband with a terminal disease, three young children and a full-time job. Shortly after my husband’s diagnosis I was introduced to CCS and to Bambi. My children and I began counseling sessions with her.
Cancer has a way of turning your life upside down and then taking control of it. My goal was always to try and maintain as normal a life as possible. My husband wanted to continue to work and did so until two weeks before he passed. He wanted to coach his children in soccer and football. He wanted to travel and spend as much time as possible with us. I made it my mission to make this happen.