There are times in a person's life when they feel as if there's nothing they can do. We've all had these moments from time to time, some of us more than others. With me, I could name a few, but most-importantly my moments of helplessness come from my stepfather Keith's health.
This is more of an ongoing problem rather than one set time. Keith has had issues with his health for as long as I can remember. From his diagnosis with stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006, with the doctor giving him only six months to live, to today with the ongoing problems he continues to face. At the point of his diagnosis, not only did he feel powerless, but so did everyone around him, including myself. There's nothing more heart breaking than the thought of losing someone you love, especially your father.
Luckily, the doctors were wrong. Not only did he live past the six month mark, but he's made it eleven years longer than expected. He is truly a miracle. With all the overnight stays, Keith's been in the hospital for over 10 months. That is not including the countless appointments and checkups.
Lucky for all of us, he reached remission in 2008. He was declared cancer free in 2015. But he still lives with aches and pains in his body everyday.
All I want to do is provide comfort and help, but sometimes there's nothing I can do. That's the hardest part; feeling powerless. All I can do is provide my love and support and hope for the best. This is what I will continue to do until the day comes to which I cannot.
Even if you feel powerless, you can still do whatever that IS in your power to help. Never let something discourage you, no matter the obstacle. I am proof that even in our powerless moments, there is hope for a better tomorrow.