“I have been at my wife's side for all of our nearly 24 years of marriage, and in particular during the last six-plus years as she has battled Stage 4 breast cancer, which spread to the brain,” he wrote. “She is doing reasonably well, and runs every day. So she said to me recently that people would probably not call me a ‘caregiver’ because she is not bed-ridden and helpless.”
However, Penning points out that there indeed is a lot of care that he offers — going with her to treatments, dealing with multiple side effects and for vital emotional support.
“We both decided it is important to tell our story with a sincere hope to educate and inspire others who may have cancer, another chronic illness, or know someone who does,” he says.
Cindy Penning's story was recently told in West Michigan Woman magazine, which features a breast cancer survivor or a medical professional who works with breast cancer patients.
The magazine also hosts an annual event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was last month. At the "Wine and Wig" fundraiser in Grand Rapids, Tim Penning was the featured speaker. On his blog post, he shares his speech.
Read the complete blog post and speech: “A few words for care givers.”
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