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October 11th, 2021

Elephants & Tea Exclusive: Untangling Survivorship

Article by:Dear Jack Foundation

In an exclusive piece for Elephants and Tea Magazine, Kelly McMahon, Breathe Now Retreat program visionary and wife of Dear Jack Foundation founder Andrew McMahon, shares her perspective of becoming a caregiver at the age of 23 and the 16 year-long journey of survivorship that Kelly and Andrew have experienced together.

“Andrew’s cancer diagnosis had shaken me and awakened me to life’s fragility. For a while, every life moment we shared together seemed like I was collecting memories for safe keeping. Packing them away neatly so they could last me a lifetime in case our lifetime together was cut short. I found myself secretly taking pictures of his hands, his feet, his tattoos. If I eventually lost him, I wanted to be able to look back and remember the shape of his hands or the lines on his face when he smiled. I was struggling, but I was supposed to be the strong one, the caretaker.”

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