It is a miracle of God that I am here. I was taking care of my mother, who was blind, and my father, who was deaf. They both died, and then I suddenly fell ill. I was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. The doctors couldn’t operate, so they decided to treat it with chemotherapy and radiation. I was on a feeding tube for months afterwards, and lost a lot of weight.
When I was discharged from the hospital, I was sent to a rehab facility. I couldn’t even do the most basic things for myself, like take a bath. I also have diabetes and heart problems, and had no idea how I was going to care for myself after I was released. I was really worried. I couldn’t afford an assisted living facility. I don’t really have any family and I had nowhere to go.
While I was in the hospital and rehab facility, the Air Force Enlisted Village chaplain visited me by chance. When I told the chaplain I was a widow of an Air Force man, he told me all about AFEV, but I didn’t have a military ID card.
The chaplain and another AFEV employee drove me to Hurlburt Field and got me an ID card. They worked very hard to make this happen. Now I could move to the Hawthorn House, but I was still too sick to even pack up the things in my house.
My friends at the AFEV were little angels again. They unpacked my few possessions when I arrived, and helped me settle in. That was a tremendous blessing, because I still can’t walk without my walker, and even then it’s a struggle.
Living here is the absolute blessing of my life. Everyone here takes such good care of me!