Guest Spotlight: Howie and Ginny Lloyd
It is the mission of SECU Family House to “provide a safe, nurturing, affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for life-saving procedures and serious illnesses.” While no two guests are the same, each arrives on our doorstep with a compelling history, a story that needs to be shared, and always gratitude in their hearts.
Howie and Ginny Lloyd were no different. Hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, they stayed at Family House for six weeks this past winter so Howie could get radiation and chemotherapy treatments for esophageal cancer. Under the care of Drs. Hanna Sanoff and Kevin Pearlstein at UNC Health, the Lloyds rose early each morning, poured the first cups of coffee while chatting with the staff, and then ate breakfast before heading to the hospital.
Wonderful. Grateful. Friendly. Relaxing. Worry-free. Clean. Easily accessible. These are just a handful of adjectives that Ginny and Howie used to describe Family House. They also shared that Family House “met all their needs” and that they especially enjoyed talking and visiting with the other guests. Research shows that when someone is critically ill, addressing one’s mental health is equally as important as receiving excellent medical care. For Howie, an active, retired nurse and a budget officer from Cumberland County, this was no different. We all look forward to seeing them again when they return for Howie’s follow-up appointments and having that early morning chat with them.