Caregivers’ support helps Mueller through cancer battles
Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:15 AM
Cancer survivor Bob Mueller has been named Men’s Honorary Chair for the 2014 Delphos Relay For Life. (dhi MEDIA/Erin Cox)
DELPHOS —Bob Mueller found support from his caregivers to help him fight not one, but two bouts with cancer.
Mueller, a Delphos resident, is the Men’s Honorary Chair for the 2014 Delphos Relay for Life, which will be hosted at the Community Track on June 20-21.
In October 2008, Mueller was surprised to find out he had prostate cancer.
“It was stage two and very aggressive,” Mueller said. “On a scale of one to 10, I had a nine.”
After 42 doses of radiation spanning six months, Mueller was cancer-free.
Last year, however, Mueller learned he had a resurgence of cancer. This time it came in two forms: bone and lung cancer. With the recurrence of cancer, it was stage four.
His treatment the past year has been eight chemotherapy sessions.
“I had about two or three caregivers who’d go with me,” Mueller said. “I noticed some people there who didn’t have anyone with them. We’d be having a good time and I guess they would too with us being there.”
After the first round of chemo, Mueller began to lose his hair within two weeks and his caregivers got together with him to cut it off.
“We kind of made a party out of it,” his wife, Marsha said. “He always has a good outlook and there’s always someone there to cheer us up if we need it.”
“I don’t have to go to barber as much anymore; I’ve only gone once in the past year, and I don’t have to shave my armpits,” Mueller laughed.
Other than the hair loss, Mueller has felt good and didn’t have a bad reaction to the chemo. Now Bob has body and bone scans to keep checking for any returning cancer.
Through both bouts with cancer, Mueller has relied on the support and positive outlook of his caregivers.
He remembered when he started losing his hair, one of his caregivers showed up with some hats for him.
“We call her the hat lady now,” Mueller chuckled.
Mueller also felt prayer has helped him. His sister, a nun in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and other siblings in North Carolina and Colorado have put him on prayer chains.
“I have a lot of friends who have prayed for me,” Mueller said. “I guess that’s how we help one another out.”
The Relay for Life has also been source of positive energy for the couple. When Marsha found out she had cancer in 2007, they decided to participate for the first time and have done so each year since.
“It’s very uplifting and gives you a cheery outlook about finding a cure,” Marsha said.
“You just got to take it one day at a time,” Mueller said. “Just keep hoping for a cure. There’s been developments already.”
Cancer is disease a person should not battle alone, the couple agreed.
“Don’t be afraid to ask people for help, even if you just want someone to ride with you to appointments,” Marsha said. “In a small town like this, there’s always someone who will help.”