When I found out I had cancer, I was devastated and in a state of shock through much of the initial stages of this horrific passage.
At a time when I needed to make decisions regarding chemo therapy, my mind just would not focus on the Oncologist’s information. Karen went with me to the initial oncology meeting and took detailed notes for me so that I could remain centred and absorb as much as my shocked mind would allow.
Her compassion, intelligence and her background in medical terminology were a godsend. I was able to re-read the oncologist’s notes and know that the decision I made was the right one for me. Over two years later, I am cancer-free; I know I made the right decisions when I needed to.
Thank you, Karen. I will be forever grateful.
August 22, 2011
Re: Services Provided by Karen Lock/Daughter4Hire
Several months ago, I was diagnosed quite unexpectedly with a serious health condition. As a result of my illness, I was unable to work or drive and experienced significant limitations in my energy and mobility. Although I do have family and friends, they don’t live locally, and most of them work full time and don’t have a lot of flexibility in their schedules. And, to top it off, most of my medical appointments were in Vancouver and I couldn’t drive. So, I found myself in a very difficult situation—lots of chores and things to do, and medical appointments to attend, and no way of doing them. Enter Karen.
I can honestly say I don’t know how I would have gotten through the past several months without Karen’s kindness, compassion, and competence. She was able to handle all my requests in a patient, friendly and efficient manner. If I needed groceries, she would either take me out to go shopping, or pick up what I needed if I were not feeling well. She accompanied me to medical appointments, and either came in with me, or waited until I was finished, depending upon what I was asking for. In addition, she was able to provide pet sitting for my cat when I needed to be in Vancouver for medical reasons and that was a real concern for me, which Karen dealt with as competently as she did everything else. No matter what I asked for in the way of services, she always responded to my requests very quickly, and was consistently reliable, always on time, and very knowledgeable and full of great ideas about everything from household chores to gardening and pet care, all areas in which I temporarily needed a lot of help.
When I was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, Karen was very creative and proactive in coming up with suggestions and solutions for keeping me organized, focused, and feeling in control at a time when I felt anything but. She has a knack for making people feel valued and cared for, and does so with a calming, positive approach and soothing presence. She is a good listener, and knows when to ask questions, and when to just be present. Above all, I appreciate the fact that she was able to be present to my pain, fear and worries for the future without making me feel that I was whining, or just feeling sorry for myself. She understood the losses I was experiencing with my health issues, including my inability to drive and subsequent loss of independence, and helped me to understand those losses in a way that made sense to me. She validated my fears and anxiety, and she was comfortable with silence. When I was feeling frustrated, or discouraged, I knew that I could call Karen, and she always seemed to know just what to say or do to make me feel better. I never once felt talked down to, or lectured at, but always like I was being treated and talked to as a capable, competent adult.
July 23, 2012
Company Golf Tournament and BBQ
Another successful company golf tournie over now! So glad I had the best help ever! Seriously though, Daughter For Hire was an absolute god send! Everyone raved about their salads and salmon prepared by Karen! She was so efficient in her set up, serving and clean up that I actually had time to eat and visit with some of the people! She will definitely be my first call next year for our tournie! I may just have to hire her again for our Christmas party! Fabulous job Karen and worth every penny! I will never be able to totally express how much your help lifted a big weight off my shoulders!