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The Best of Times; the Worst of Times…. A Caregiver’s Story by Don Lusk PART II

In January 2016, Angie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia after having undergone treatment and surgery for the Breast cancer. Her treatment at Northwestern was about six weeks long. This treatment was followed by a stem cell transplant in April 2016 which was another 3 plus weeks.    Her doctors were fairly optimistic as she responded well to the transplant and we felt that our journey on the “worst of times” road was finally winding down. In fact, we were given permission to travel to our home in Barbados to visit her mum & other family.  This gave us a much-needed reprieve; AND we began to strategically plan our next steps in life…, which included my early retirement.

As we began to make the best of this smooth path on the “best of times” road, Friends, family and others celebrated with us!!  We traveled to visit my older brother who celebrated his retirement after 38 years in education; we attended the wedding of my best man in California; we had friends from England visit us in Bloomington in September 2016, where we began planning a couples’ tour of Australia & New Zealand in summer of 2017 after my planned retirement. Continue reading

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The Best of Times; the Worst of Times…. A Caregiver’s Story PART I

Our friend Don Lusk recently spoke at the Pray for the Cure Event on Sept. 6, 2018 in Bloomington, Illinois.  We thought his essay would encourage those battling difficult seasons of life and those caregivers that are walking by their sides.

Bill & Tammy Pence and Don & Angela Lusk enjoying the Ligonier Conference

The Best of Times; the Worst of times…. A Caregiver’s Story by Don Lusk  

English writer & social critic, Charles Dickens’s famous novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.  The novel’s opening statements set the stage:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—”

The opening chapters introduction summarizes my life over the past 25 years as the husband of my darling, Angela.  The best of times…. Yet, the worst of times as a caregiver.  Continue reading