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  My wife is my Wonder Woman

Like a lot of people that I believe the Lord will never give us more than we can handle. It’s something my grandmother told me many years ago and I reflect back to it it still during tough times.  I’m facing one of my toughest challenges with my cancer diagnosis of multiple myeloma and it sure makes me remember those comforting talks wth my grandmother. 

God has truly blessed me with my wife and confident, Melinda Guyer Savage. I knew when I met and married her that she was a strong, sturdy woman who has seen and conquered some bends in the road of life of her own. 

From the moment I told her my kidneys were failing and the doctors told us two days later that I had cancer, she has never wavered in her belief that “we” would be ok. We were very much a team from the get go. She quickly took control of practicality every aspect of my life, because I was unable to.  She would say many times over and over that my job, “is to simply get well”. 

Melinda became pretty well known by the doctors and nurses at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas for her unyielding and straight forward attitude that I be taken care of. She was involved in almost every aspect of that goal in all of theb 33 days I spent in the hospital. The excellent people taking care of me knew Melinda pbecause she was also in the medical field as a veteran and well respected RN. She could speak the language. 

Melinda sat in on meetings with my doctors. Met with insurance represantives with my carrier and from my employer.  She talked too nutritiouns about my diet and made sure I was using a good dialysis center. She handled all aspects of our “business” life to the point that I still don’t have involvement in some of them. She did it.  I found myself many times just saying ,’you’ll have to talk to Melinda about that’. 

She did all these things, and much more,  at the expense of many phases of her own life. She missed a ton of work at Parkland Hospital and I want to thank her boss, Prentice,  for being so very understanding. 

I could NEVER have survived without Melinda. It’s such a simple statement but I say it with all my heart. We’ve shead many tears since this all started with some of the tears caused by  ‘what are we going to do now’ and many others from happy milestones passed. She’s been behind me, firmly so, every step of the way and I couldn’t love her any more. 

9 thoughts on “  My wife is my Wonder Woman

  1. Dear Cecil: Wow! This post totally made my day. You and Melinda are an inspiration to so many. Words cannot describe how my heart reaches out to both of you. I truly cannot imagine what you two are both going through and to have each other to lean on is so important. Your respect and love for Melinda shine’s through in your post. But it was shinning way before on Facebook and when we had lunch. Deann and I are praying for you two. Please know that with you in North Richland Hills you are extremely close if you two need anything! I am glad that your talks with your grandmother were so helpful. I hope that your faith and the spiritual foundation will keep you fighting and moving forward. Melinda, thank you for all that you do for Cecil and Deann and I are close by if we can help in any way. Cecil, know that we all love you and hope that you are doing better and better each day. Stay strong! Keep fighting! And yes, Please Stay Awake Cecil!!!!!

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  2. I’m choked up with this reply… Having walked that path, I can tell you that you spoke truth detailing how important a part your “other half” plays in your day-to-day existence.
    From the moment I became aware on that first awful night of the little wood nymph that was beating a tattoo on my chest with her fists, grimly screaming how I could not leave her to the willingness to sleep for multiple nights on a hospital “couch.” This has been my salvation on MANY occasions.
    You have been blessed with a good woman who is your helpmate through these times. You are I are fortunate, indeed…

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