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My life with metastatic breast cancer

Mother’s helper November 8, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 5:25 pm

My social worker is always looking for ways to make life a little easier for me. Last month she arranged for a mother’s helper to come over.  Miss J is a high school senior from a local private school where community service is one of the graduation requirements.  She has been coming over once a week for an hour after school on chemo day.  She helps Ethan with homework, reads to the boys and plays with them.  Ethan has been getting a lot of reports, tests, and projects this year so I’m hoping she can help with that.  This week she helped him study for a science test.
I’ve been using the time to spend some one on one time with Ryan, get dinner started, tidy up, or take a little break.  Miss J is very sweet and the boys seem to really enjoy her visits, so it has been great.

Otherwise, I have been feeling fine.  This is my “off” week, so I didn’t get an infusion.  Side effects of gemzar seem mild.  I have been working on finding out whether the genetic test Dr. T wants me to have will be at least partly covered by insurance.  It is looking like it might at least be covered as out of network, so better than nothing.

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2 Responses to “Mother’s helper”

  1. Jennifer Gilbertson Says:

    Great news to hear you have a Mother’s Helper; it helps you, the kids AND her, so it’s a win, Win, WIN! I have a high schooler that lives a few neighborhoods away to be a babysitter and perhaps a mother’s helper, but I haven’t used her that much yet. I really need to try that though because I simply cannot attend to the various household projects I want to get to when I am balancing homework x3 and after school activities x2 (Aiden just finished soccer for the fall).
    Funny you are talking about insurance…Jay has new insurance for use since he just began a new job. It’s CareFirst and they are not as straight-forward as Aetna was. There are some services I’m looking at that we’d have to meet a $250 deductible and then we’d only be responsible for 20%. I like that Aetna was just a $20 or $30 co-pay, but I’m hopeful that CareFirst will still be a good choice for us. Man, I hate getting on the phone and getting into all that stuff though—sooooo complicated! I can only imagine how complicated all of your treatments and tests must be, God Bless You! 😉

  2. Robin Says:

    I’m glad you found some help and I’m glad the social worker found you a volunteer. Love the new community service requirements for graduation, I think its a wonderful thing for our community!


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