It's Never Too Late....

It’s never too late to get that second chance no matter how short the time may be.

Debbie was a broken woman, as we all are trying to make it all on her own. Why was life so difficult? Why was there so much pain? Debbie lived the stressed life, seeing the world only through her own lenses and no one else’s. She was in conflict most days but had the grit to tough it out. She was your typical workaholic, an employers dream except for the collisions with other co-workers which are inevitable. She was a protector of the transportation and would ensure that her nursing home residents got home safely. We are all in Debbie and she is in us . Think of something you know you need to be doing but don’t, why? Because you are going to have to put "YOU", aside to get it done.

Debbie had been sick for many weeks, maybe even a month. She did not seek medical attention due to not having medical insurance nor could she afford it . Her income was too high in which to qualify for the Oregon Health plan. She would come to work to use her nebulizer treatment because she could not get out of her own way and address the elephant that was in the room. She would have to relax and the only way she knew how which was to have a smoke break. Debbie probably knew in the back of her mind what was potentially going on. Her own mother had passed away at 59 years old from Lung cancer and others in her family had passed away from the same disease. She continued to smoke because this was the only way she had ever learned how to cope.

December 27th of 2017, Debbie went to the hospital because she was told she had to go get  medical treatment.  She was admitted to the hospital that same night.  She was told the next day it was a good thing that she had gone in to seek treatment.  If she hadn’t she probably would have not been alive, as she had a pulmonary embolism which would’ve broke off and moved into her heart would have caused a massive coronary. Debbie was happy at she saw this differently maybe for the first time, that all things happen for a reason.  Why was she given this extra chance and was she going to beat lung cancer? She received one treatment of radiation. Debbie was told within a few days after that she was terminal and has only a few weeks left to live. She made the decision in which to go on to hospice. She is choosing to leave a different legacy for her daughter and her grandchildren then her mother left her.

Debbie has experienced surrender and being open and knowing that she is not alone and she only wants to share this with her family and her loved ones which is her work family as well. She has made the choice in which to return to the same nursing home that she works at and spend the remainder of her days. Imagine, how vulnerable someone have to be in order to put themselves in that type of environment?  What is she going to leave for her daughter and her grandchildren; but to show them there is a different way in which to deal with life and that is you are not alone.

I set up this go fund me account for Debbie and her daughter because Debbie’s daughter and her grandchildren will be homeless if the mobile home that they live in in Troutdale is not paid for. The current amount owed is a little north of $20,000. There are no funds for a funeral or burial. I ask that each one of you look into your heart and see that part of Debbie that exists inside of you. Please make a contribution to this Gofundme account and declare to yourself you are worthy of not being alone.

There are always ways in which to contribute other than monetary.  If you can’t contribute financially please just share this message. As I believe this is one of hope and change that can make a difference in our world.

Much Love and Grattitude

Allen James

Executive Director

Gateway Care and Retirement


  • Megan Peacock
    • $10 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Allen James
Gresham, OR
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