Catherine Kearney was dean of the Teachers College of San Joaquin when it opened its doors six years ago at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. For eight years before that, and for the six years since, Kearney has been juggling jobs in the educational world with the realities of caring for her desperately ill husband, Bob.
Bob, 61, had a liver transplant late in 2012, but the benefits lasted barely more than one year. Most recently, Catherine has been with Bob at a hospital in New Orleans and the prognosis is not promising.
“I really wish there was a different outcome,” Catherine said this morning. “But I think Bob is really tired and it’s time to say, ‘Enough.’ I’m OK with that. I’m at peace. We’re going to refocus our priorities to a lot of comfort. We’re surrounded by a lot of love.”
Catherine said today she has accumulated nearly $20,000 in lodging and related living expenses during Bob’s illness, not the least of which was the cost of the flight to New Orleans and of the flight that will be needed home to California sometime in the coming days.
For more information, visit the family’s gofundme.com site and the family’s Caring Bridge site. Catherine said her husband probably wishes most of all that “somebody would buy his book.” She added, “That would give him more pleasure.”
During his working life, Bob was a social worker for Child Protective Services in Sacramento County. Catherine said her husband first became ill less than three months after they were married 15 years ago.
“We’ve had a really happy life together,” she said. “It hasn’t been all about his illness. There has been tons and tons and tons of joy.”
Keep them in your thoughts.
ALSO: Here’s an update on the Caring Bridge site.