When I was volunteering last Thursday I had the opportunity to run bingo night once again. It's my favorite thing to do at the Hope Lodge because it lets me interact to closely with the guests there. One of the regulars, and one of my favorite guests: Dennis, was missing although is wife was there. I knew that he was probably at the hospital overnight going through treatment which made me realize what a toll cancer takes on not only the patient but the caretaker as well. His wife would have to say alone at the Hope Lodge that night, far away from home, while her husband was fighting for his life at the hospital. Another woman was there with her husband, both are bingo regulars, who had just returned from being gone for two weeks of treatment. She was recovering very well and it was great to see how much her husband cared for her. I had to take over playing bingo for his for a little bit because he insisted on getting her pain medication for her because he knew she needed it. Cancer is such a horrible disease but even through everything people are so strong and determined and overall so hopeful. Seeing people who have been through hell and back remain so thankful and humble is amazing.
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