Marshall Sayegh

CARE Client

Until 2015, I was a partner in a technology company and a certi ed Microsoft contractor, earning a six-figure income. I worked fulltime at a very physical job. But within a month I became seriously ill. I was diagnosed with pancreatitis and landed in the Queen’s ICU on three occasions – each time I was told that I had less than a 50 percent chance of survival. I’d ignored my health for years, and suddenly the transition from productivity to patient was abrupt and life-altering.

On my third stay in the ICU, I opened my eyes and there stood three women, like guardian angels. They followed me home and have been watching over me ever since. They bring me food and medications, they show up at my doctors’ appointments, and they interact with the outside world to keep my life moving forward.

Marta Flores is my nurse. At one point, I was on about 40 different medications, including 160 mg of opiates a day. Marta made sure I didn’t accidentally kill myself, and has helped me gradually get off them. Araceli Barajas is my nutritionist. My weight had dropped to 148 pounds, and she’s supervised my diet so I can regain my health and strength. And my social worker, Carmen Yissel Lopez, has helped me negotiate the system to get all the bene ts I need. At one point, she even arranged to pay my rent so I wouldn’t lose my home.

Today, I’m on the mend and getting my life back. But I was in oblivion, and the staff at the CARE Network program saved my life, there’s no doubt about it. These three women have been my salvation, pure and simple. I cannot say enough about the Queen to thank them for what they’ve done.

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