On Halloween 2016, my ENT doctor (dressed as a Ninja Turtle Warrior), told me my biopsy revealed CANCER! Stage Four nasopharyngeal cancer.
And then, not at a turtle's pace, my life spun out of control! So many decisions to make regarding something to which I had no knowledge.
I'm a person who researches all options before making a decision. Not an easy project when it comes to how to survive cancer. So many different kinds of cancer, so many treatment options! Mind boggling!
The one decision that was clear to me as soon as I found out about THE GABRIEL HOUSE, was it's where I needed to be to get me through the grueling radiation treatments required in an unfamiliar town!
My caregiver and I made Gabriel House our home for eight weeks. Before I became too ill to participate, I enjoyed the art and meditation classes, and the peaceful setting snuggled under lush pines and vegetation next to the ever entertaining pond. And, the well-equipped shared kitchen was an unexpectedly delightful experience. So clean and organized. So generous: healthy snacks and treats available, and all those wonderful meals prepared by local non-profit organizations and restaurants!! Ahhhhmazing! Such a comfort.
Though not long into my journey, I could no longer swallow and had to miss out on some incredible-looking meals, my caregiver was spoiled and loved it!
The staff was so accommodating. Not hovering, just available if you needed them. Kind, compassionate and caring about your needs.
Meeting other people in all modes of health crises was helpful. Friendships get formed during this crucial time.
I spent a lot of time in that comfortable bed that felt like I was in a Hampton Inn! As sick as I was, I felt pampered.
I'm so very grateful for the Gabriel House: all of it's staff, donors, and affiliated organizations that make it possible for people going through life threatening crises to have a place they can relax and recouperate as they endure life altering treatments.
My recovery seems slower than a turtle's crawl (and as a Sea Turtle Scout for over a decade, I know first-hand, they really are slow!)... however certain moments of my recovery I will cherish (and many I try to forget). Gabriel House is a good memory.
Thank you for offering me affordable shelter in the storm ...to receive life-saving cancer treatment not offered in my home town!
The Gabriel House of Care, a home for transplant (and cancer) patients and their caregivers. I am a caregiver for my wife Karin who has undergone liver cancer treatment, two liver transplants and one kidney transplant. As my life changed from working 12 hour days for the U.S. Government, I had to adapt to a 24/7 hands on new experience to care for my Karin. The Gabriel House provided the healing atmosphere and all the essential living conditions and housing accommodation to enable me to focus on Karin's Mayo Clinicl meetings, appointments, lab visitations and medical consults and most importantly convalescing.. The Gabriel House is on the Mayo campus, the House is a secure wellness facility with scheduled transportation for the caregiver and patient to utilize for all appointments. The leadership of the Gabriel House directed by Valerie Callahan is top notch. Valerie and her staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and sensitive to all the illnesses of patients. Trained volunteers provide a wonderful support for all matters from front desk, kitchen assistance, laundry, supply room and eagerly provide overall guidance for any kind of question or problem. The facility also has a professional gym workout room, an office for internet, copying machine, meeting room and a room for prayer and meditation. The facility grounds are one of a kind, flowers, gorgeous trees and lake for resting, walking and meditation, as a caregiver I needed all the space Gabriel provides to relieve the stress and attempt to understand my new role and mission in life. Today, as my caregiving continues from home I feel very confident that my wife's future appointments at the Mayo Clinic will be made more pleasant and enjoyable with a stay at the Gabriel House.
In 2008 I had my first evaluation at Mayo Clinic. Due to Hep C i needed a liver transplant . We, my husband and I, were lucky to be able to stay at the Lighthouse. There were 4 rooms for people needing transplants. Director Ed .... was determined to find a bigger place for people needing transplant. Eventually after negotiations with the Mayo Clinic the Gabriel House of Care was build. Although Ed retired soon after, a capable neu director was found. Valerie Callahan. She and her staff have been doing a remarkable job. Since the opening I've been a guest at GHoC multiple times. I've had complications, needed dialysis, had another liver transplant and kidney transplant. My husband and I had great support from the staff. But let's not forget all the volunteers, the many Organisationen, that have been helping the sick and their care givers, by providing dinners, entertainment (music) during the week and on holidays. There have been cooking classes, yoga and meditation classes for all the guests and as far as I know, many more.
So, once again, thanks to Mrs Callahan, her staff and the Volunteers and all the organizations trying to making life more comfortable for the patients/guests at Gabriel House of Care.
A very grateful thank you from me (Karin Delagi) and my awesome husband (Dan Bates), not to forget my son Ronald.
When my husband had an emergency operation in the Mayo Clinic Hospital in a Jacksonville, I stayed at the Gabriel House of Care. While my husband was in the hospital for 8 weeks, it was such a relief to stay at a safe, comfortable place with so many caring people. I thank God for their ministry.
We were fortunate to have been accepted for lodging at Gabriel House during my wife's radiation and chemo treatments for tongue cancer from 12/16-02/17 at the Mayo Clinic. It was truly a blessing for us. It would have been impossible for us to have successfully completed her cancer treatments were it not for Gabriel House. The staff was truly wonderful and genuinely caring, and concerned about our welfare and needs. The rooms (and other facilities) were pristine and immaculately clean, a testament to the great job by the housekeeping staff. We we served many wonderful meals during our stay, and when my wife could no longer take oral nourishment and relied on tube feeding, their facilities were geared to accommodate her special needs and requirements. We met, associated, and sometimes commiserated with other patients and caregivers, a couple of whom became close friends with whom we still keep our n touch regularly. We are eternally grateful to the staff at Gabriel House, and to the individuals and organizations that support its mission. Our thanks to Valerie, Carmen, Lisa, Dave & Judy, Dr. John Casler, and the rest of the "angels" involved with our stay. May God bless you all for everything you did for us, and continue to do for others. The Walz's
I have been volunteering at the Gabriel House of Care for over two years. As a newly retired resident of Florida, one of the first things I wanted to find in my new area was a place to volunteer. As soon as I walked into the house, and met with the great staff as well as other volunteers, I knew that this was the place for me! The staff is one of the most compassionate and caring group of folks that I have worked with, and the guests that stay at the Gabriel House rely on them for so many things. Everyone has a smile on their face, and I know that both the guests that are here for treatment, as well as their caregivers, find relief and are very grateful for everything, and everyone, involved with the Gabriel House of Care.
I cannot say enough good things about the Gabriel House of Care. From their director to their volunteers, this organization has a true heart for helping patients and families that are facing some of the most difficult, most frightening time in their lives. I have had the pleasure to refer patients to this organization as well as to visit some of my patients who tell me over and over again about their positive experiences. This organization has taken the time to study the needs of the population that they serve and to put things in place that are helpful in many ways. Our patient's and caregivers feel the love and support that they are provided while staying at Gabriel House of Care and I will definitely continue to show my support for this organization through referring families in need to them.
I first discovered Gabriel House of Care in Jacksonville when I moved to Beaches in 2015 and was looking for volunteer opportunities. I immediately fell in love with Gabriel House and it's mission of compassion, Camaraderie and Community to patients and caregivers of organ transplant and cancer treatment. My husband had a liver transplant in NYC Feb. '12. There was and is nothing like this there. As a spouse /caregiver of a transplant patient I know what it takes out of you both physically and emotionally. Gabriel House offers complimentary classes through it's Integrative Therapy Program that give both the patient and the caregiver the tools and support needed to help with the journey. These classes include Tia Chi, yoga, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Nutritional Cooking Classes, and Art Therapy. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to turn my volunteer work into a staff position . I am now the Development Officer and get to go out into the community to share all the amazing things that are happening here. I love being part of the team of gifted, special volunteers and coworkers that help to make Gabriel House of Care the Great place it is!
My name is Linda Tucker I was diagnosed with breast cancer August 22,2014. I. My husband Damon and I were devastated . We are from wv so we came to the mayo clinic in September 2014 I had surgery and was referred to the gaberial house . We were so thankful for the kindness we were showed .we stayed there while I recovered from surgery and radiation . I was then told I needed to have chemotherpy. So we stayed at the gaberial house each time we came to the mayo . We met so many friends while we were they that are friends for life . We loved staying at the gaberial house it was a oasis for us while I went through surgery chemo and radiation we will forever be grateful for all the love they showed us while we were there and every time we return for follow up test
The Gabriel House of care is a house of compassion for organ transplant and cancer patients. They take an incredibly innovative approach to caring for their guests by offering support in all aspects of the guests life.
The Gabriel House of Care didn't exist when I had my liver transplant in 2008. Traveling from Texas, my stay was at the Mayo Clinic Hospital before the end ransplant and my wife and mother stayed in a hotel 12 miles away from the Mayo campus. After the transplant, and I left the hospital, I stayed in the same extended stay hotel for a couple of months but had to travel to the campus almost daily.
It was a boring stay at the hotel. We met other people's at the hotel, but no real friendships. The monthly rate was not bad, but more than we could really afford without going into debt.
After the Gabriel House opened, my wife and I stay there every year for my week- long check-up. We make life friends on every visit! The staff is truly amazing. All of our needs are met. We are on the campus of the Mayo and can get there in just a few minutes. It is more than affordable. Enough so we are proud give them a generous donation every year.
Living with other transplant and cancer patients, they see my post transplant success, how well I am doing, and hopefully know they can have the same experience.
The Gabriel House of Care is a great nonprofit. I personally have had experience to stay there and see first hand the way they touch the lives of those in need. I continue to donate whenever I can because I know my funds are greatly appreciated and are put to good use to continue touching lives.