I'd heard about Cleaning for a Reason over the years. It is a charity that partners with a cleaning company and will come help clean the house of somebody who is in active cancer treatment. Back when I was first diagnosed and was doing my first round of chemo, I looked into it, but nobody in Sacramento was doing it. At the time I thought chemo would end so I wasn't that disappointed, I knew I'd soon get my energy back and be able to do my normal Saturday cleaning.
Well, we know my story didn't turn out that way.
Three years of chemo and a few surgeries later, and my house is in full decline. My husband and son are pretty good at keeping the bigger chunks picked up, but neither of them understand that windows need to be cleaned, baseboards need dusting, and counters and tables need wiping and both are in the "ew" category when I mention that the toilets need to be scrubbed. As time goes by, I can do less and less, and I want to nag less and less. It's not only my frozen shoulders and my painful stomach that keep me from cleaning things, but also my energy level. I just can't get get physical in any way these days and the menfolk just don't see it the way I do - so the house was looking dirty.
I fear what will happen when I'm gone.
Surfing the net one day, I saw Cleaning for a Reason mentioned again they now had partnered with Capital Cleaning, a family-owned business that uses all green products. I applied and sure enough, they were able to come and clean my house.
They asked if I minded a film crew from TV coming to show what they can do. I felt that if it will help another sick woman know this is out there, I'd be happy to let my messy house be shown.
I get four free cleanings, of which one was that one. I'm going to try to schedule the rest before holidays, which will really ease my mind; it's always so stressful to have people come over when the house is messy. They were so kind and understanding of the condition the house was in - they had a crew of three women cleaning and one who just spoke to me and told me her personal story. They did a great job, and it was wonderful to wake up this morning and have a clean house. I don't know if men really understand how a dirty house can cause stress in a woman - at least, my men don't. I will probably try to convince my husband to hire them when my free ones are over. It will be money well-spent and it really eases my mind to know that the house is clean.
If you are not sick but are looking for a housecleaning service in Sacramento, I can recommend Capital Cleaning. They did a very good job.
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I live with metastatic breast cancer. .
I was diagnosed 2009 with Stage 2 Her2+ breast cancer. Mastectomy followed, 6 rounds of chemo and a year of herceptin. A few months after I finished, cancer was found in my liver-incurable. I've done chemo after chemo, has my liver partially removed and did cyber knife radiation. Like all metsters, I'll be on treatment until I die.
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