Last Monday on our blog, you may have noticed our post highlighting Dr. Jill Biden’s visit with a caregiver as part of her “Conversations with Dr. Biden” series – a national effort to draw in and learn from the perspectives of the cancer patient support network.
Dr. Biden continued the Biden Cancer Initiative’s effort to share common challenges and lessons of the cancer experience when she met with caregiver George Hutt in Natick, Massachusetts last Friday.
George is a caregiver for his wife, Mary, who is currently experiencing a cancer diagnosis. George’s story rings true for many individuals who rely on the Cancer Support Community’s affiliates, online resources, and other free services to provide them with additional support.
After Mary’s fifth round of chemotherapy, she contracted influenza B. The risks of developing this potentially deadly strain of the flu are higher for people living with cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mary was hospitalized following her influenza B diagnosis to treat the flu and to recover from her chemotherapy. A round-the-clock treatment regimen involving platelets, blood, and antibiotics was a 24/7 process that lasted for six days and took a toll on George as a caregiver.
“Mary’s spirit never seemed to waver, and she would talk about needing to get well quickly to stay on the chemo protocol time table,” says George, “but it was my most worrisome week as a caregiver just trying to will her through this crisis.”
Through our connection with the Biden Cancer Initiative, George shared his story with Dr. Biden and emphasized the importance of our resources for people living with cancer and their loved ones.
To learn about our work with the Biden Cancer Initiative’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, click here.