Ashley Dehudy and Yorgos Strangas
There’s never enough time. There isn’t time to go to the doctor,
to cook a healthy dinner, to work enough hours to pay for prescriptions,
to fix the car, to finish the kitchen, to take care of one’s body,
and to still do the things that are truly important.
of the themes surrounding our volunteer’s lives and illness:
- 12:00: Family is at the apex of our volunteers
their major source of support, and its place in our project reflects
its central role
- 1:00: The financial strain of illness is a
potentially bottomless source of stress.
- 3:00: Balancing work and family activities
and fitting both into a busy schedule
- 4:00: The struggle to eat a healthier diet under financial and
- 6:00: Addressing the feeling of stigma and the difficulty of
standing out in public as an ill person
- 7:00: The day to day activities required to maintain personal
- 8:00: The huge time drain involved in dealing with a health-care
system that, at it’s worst, makes the volunteer feel smothered
- 9:00: The difficulty and courage of confronting one’s own
mortality in the face of illness, yet continuing to live hopeful lives.
- 10:00: Concerns for the next generation in light of the inheritability
- 11:00: Celebration of the passage of time. Every day, every week,
every year is a gift.