Friday, March 26, 2010
For lunch the local community of Franciscan Sisters invited me to their place.
Asissi Heights houses their retirement community, administration, retreat center and much more. I met one sister who was 102 and was so impressed thinking of all those years of dedicated service to God’s people by these women of faith.
I was impressed to learn of their history in helping found the Clinic and of the many great works they are involved in today to help serve God’s people.
The clinic schedules early appointments on Fridays for those who are heading home for the weekend. Since it’s a six hour trip for me, I won’t go home that often, so I didn’t have treatment until this afternoon.
One week of radiation down and four to go!
Fr. Bernie keeps reminding me to “hang tough.” Getting well from this cancer is not a sprint, but more like a marathon that requires the discipline of a steady pace.
A group of nursing students visited Hope Lodge and brought a tasty variety of breads and soups for supper. They volunteer once a month and brought good cheer to our space. Many residents have already gone home for the weekend and will return Monday. But there are plenty who stay because they live too far away or are too weak to comfortably travel.
Some folks have treatments throughout the weekend. Though our group at supper was small, the time with these generous volunteers was most appreciated.