We’ve heard it so many times that life is a journey and one couple truly defines that saying.
Their ride is filled with medical ups and downs.
Claudine Ewing got a glimpse of both the love and frustration of two lives deeply intertwined.
“I felt the pressure on my left shoulder as if there was a hand on it giving me comfort and assurance,” said Joe Geraci.
Joe Geraci still gets chocked up years after his wife’s amazing battle with breast cancer. As a husband and caregiver, Geraci was moved to write a book on their experience as a guide for others.
So he wrote a book called Amazing!
He wrote it out of frustration, out of hurt, and love for his wife.
“In talking to other men whose wives had breast cancer, we literally could finish each others sentences,” said Joe Geraci.
As if breast cancer wasn’t enough to handle.
An echo-cardiogram was done and she learned there was another health issue.
“I had congestive heart failure,” said Terry Geraci.
“When she developed congestive heart failure and was about 2-heartbeats away from a pine box, the cardiologist handed me a book all on congestive heart failure first page, number one cause congestive heart failure chemotherapy,” said Joe Geraci.
And that sparked the urge to write Amazing!
“It just drives me crazy. they knew that, they know that, but they’re not telling the people that and that’s why that book is there,” said Joe Geraci.
“They said you need to do this and that’s what we did… and it came back to bite us in the butt,” said Joe Geraci.
Joe is passionate when he says women need to know there are options and realities associated with treatments for breast cancer.
“He’s a great caregiver and if it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t still be here,” said Terry Geraci.
“She’s my little Timex. She’s taken a licking’ but she keeps on ticking’,” said Joe Geraci.
They were teenage sweethearts, now married over 40 years battling the ups and downs, and Terry is still here.
“I’m great, I feel wonderful,” said Terry Geraci.