Touching Lives Stories
Randall’s Story: Embracing a Dignified Lifestyle at Glasswater Creek
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, Randall underwent an extensive surgery in July 2015. Due to many complications, Randy’s health declined and what was supposed to be a short, three-night stay at the hospital, turned into three long months. Upon discharge, Randy was bedridden and spent the next 18 months that way. During that time, the strain and stress of his wife becoming his caregiver strained their marriage. They soon divorced and for the first time in a long time, Randy found himself living alone in a small apartment in September 2017. After the divorce and ongoing health deterioration, Randy began to go into a deep depression.
“I didn’t want to see people. I would keep my home dark. I would go shopping to get items if I had to at 1am in the morning to avoid everyone. My luck got worse in July of 2018, when I received a letter stating my apartment building was sold, and I had to find a new place to live by August 1, 2018. My apartment building was being condemned and tore down, and I had nowhere to go. I began to fret. Between my health conditions, lack of funds, and no real support, I didn’t know what I would do.”
“That’s when I found out about Glasswater Creek.”
“Everyone worked so hard to help me in that time of need. On August 31, 2018, I moved into Glasswater Creek. I spent the next 3-4 days unpacking and only came down for meals. One day, while coming down for meals, I realized the joy and happiness I saw amongst everyone. I wanted that too. I began to make myself come down for meals and try to sit at a new table each time. I wanted to get to know everyone and feel the same joy and happiness that they all felt. It didn’t take long at all, and I had that. For the first time since my diagnosis in 2015, I felt that I had a purpose and I belonged. The staff and residents didn’t become just friends or neighbors, but most importantly, they have become my family.”
Randy has made it his mission to help others each and every day. Randy states “I can’t say I go above and beyond for anyone. I don’t do it for them; I do it for me. It makes me feel good to know I am making a difference to others, just as Glasswater has done for me.”