I walked into a sandwich shop after spending all day at the hospital with my mother. It had been a long day. I was tired and stressed out. I ordered sandwiches to take home to my husband and son. I asked the girl behind the counter if she could tell me how much my order would be before they started making the sandwiches so I could make sure I had enough money. I had made the comment that I had been at the hospital all day, so I was a little tired and my mind was foggy (couldn’t figure the total in my head). read more →

I was 39 weeks pregnant and my daughter was stillborn. I was devastated and in shock having gone from eagerly anticipating the birth of my child to trying to cope with her death. read more →

I took a guy to hospital 70 miles away last Monday, he was a friend of my late father in law. He has no one. He had a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop. Had to go to two hospitals in the city before they would see to him. Spent whole day in hospital, then drove home. He bought me my dinner at a local hotel as a thank you, though he didn’t need too. I was delighted to be able to help him. – Brian

Last week I was visiting my father in the hospital. My dad has late-stage cancer and is dying. read more →

Years ago a group of female friends got tired of seeing other women suffer. We’d offer moral support, maybe pool a fee needed or bus fare home or loan self-help books. We decided to open a bank account and commit to a monthly deposit and opened a rotating lending library in whoever’s home had the space at the time. We cultivated relationships with a local counselor and hotel management to get discounts. read more →

I learned a long time ago, when any family member had to go to hospital for anything, to make a goody bag for the nurses. So having my dad in the hospital last week, I went and got some healthy snacks and some unhealthy snacks for both the night shift and day shift.  read more →

Friday, 5 August life was ebbing away from my poor old mum, just a few weeks short of 93. She had been unwell for such a long time we all knew the inevitable could happen anytime. read more →

In the dark, scary hour that left me with a total-loss vehicle, numerous physical injuries and a broken spirit, my friend Margaret came to the rescue. Her superpower is compassion and caring. She lent my husband a vehicle so he could take the kids to the orchestra. She brought over dinner and reading material to keep me comfortable. She checked on me every day and she even offered to wash my hair.

That was huge because the collision was on Thursday afternoon and by Sunday, I desperately needed it. I’d lost my mobility, and she offered to wash my hair.

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Sheryl-and-her-brotherI’ve always been one to do kind things for others, not ever expecting anything in return. Almost two years ago, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I had to go to the hospital immediately. I had so many plans in the upcoming months. I was a Girl Scout Leader, a Service Unit Manager (which handles many troops in the area), and worked full time. All of that stopped that day. read more →

My daughter Grace became seriously ill in 5th grade and now the illness is back. Three weeks prior to Christmas of that year she was critically ill and was in Intensive Care. She approached me and said she had saved $100.00 and wanted to know if we could buy presents for the sick kids in the ER and bring them to them. read more →

We finally made it overseas after trying to get there for years. We arrived on Thursday but ended up in hospital on Saturday with a “rare” blood disorder. I’d had all my check ups prior to travel; saw the dentist, doctor, mammography, so this came out of the blue. read more →

Last year I experienced the worst year of my life, and as always, it came out of nowhere. I was living with my partner over in Wales, on the other side of the world from my family, working and looking forward to a European summer. In about March, I had noticed I was bruising exceptionally easily, but the doctor quickly told me it was normal, so I didn’t give it a second thought. read more →