Healthy Living: Simplifying Lives helps people with cancer
Cleaning your house sometimes is exhausting, even if you feel well. But what about people undergoing cancer treatment? It might zap their energy and they can't finish the simplest chores. Now there is help. Marcie Fraser reports.
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When you talk about chemotherapy, it often leaves people exhausted, zapping them of their energy, unable to do even the most basic chores.
"I have stage four lymphoma of the bone marrow."
"A lot of them were really sick some of them definitely didn't have the means to pay us and I just couldn't take the money, it was heartbreaking," said Nicole Wilson, Simplifying Lives founder.
Meet Nicole Wilson. Through her house cleaning business, she met many patients who had cancer, including Vickye Eckert.
"Had rough time going through chemotherapy. I was very tired," said Eckert.
Nicole saw firsthand how difficult cancer can be.
"My grandmother always had it together. She had a clean house kept it clean and it was difficult for her when she had cancer and she couldn't do it anymore and had to watch it," said Wilson.
"I just come home and I'd lay on the couch or lay in my chair here. I was just exhausted," explained Eckert.
While Vickye Eckert and Nicole Wilson are not related, their stories are the same as millions of other families. Nicole Wilson wanted to help so she created Simplifying Lives, a free cleaning service for people with cancer who need help.
"I was feeling so overwhelmed. I couldn't clean the bathroom. I couldn't do anything, I could do a tiny bit and had to sit down and rest," said Eckert.
"I don't know how to find a cure cancer or help this but I do know how to clean and through that it helped them relieve stress and focus on what was most important, which was their health," said Wilson.
The crew goes in for six three-hour visits and focuses on what needs to get done.
'Most people choose bath rooms because of germ factor, dust floors, organizing," said Wilson.
While the objective is for the cleaning crew is to clean the house, the end result is much more.
“I live alone and have no family here. I was too sick to go out so I'd talk with the girls, I try not to bother them too much but it was nice to have someone here to have that communication," said Eckert.
For more information, visit www.simplifyinglives.org.