A Patient Story – Cancer Patient
“When my doctor said I needed to come here, I said, ‘I can’t.’ And if we had to pay $40 or $50 a night to stay in a motel, we couldn’t do it. But the UAMS Family Home has been just like my home. There’s a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room where you can sit and watch TV, and a big dining room. I’ve really enjoyed it, even though I’m here for my sickness. We’ve met people from all over the world, and everyone has been so friendly. Nobody’s running around here with long faces. You think you’ve got problems, but then you see somebody else and you want to pray for them. It makes you realize you’re not the only one. You can talk about your problems, and you really connect like family. When you help somebody else, it makes you feel good. It makes you think you’re here for a reason, not just for your treatment.
“When I was at home, I stayed depressed. But I haven’t been depressed here. When you’re sick and you’re in a bind, you worry. It helps to know you’ve got a place to stay where you won’t be alone.”
Norma L. Cook, multiple myeloma patient