Tenerife living was perfect for German born Richard while he was in good health. So, he always said.
Suddenly, the situation changed. He was
diagnosed with a rare lymph cancer while on a family visit in Germany.
He had never felt anything to warn him and it was for the first time in
his life that he had a major health problem. Eventually, he had some treatment in Germany, after friends and family had suggested it but went back to Tenerife soon after.
Richard loved his life at sunny Las Cuevas in the Orotava Valley on the largest of all Canary Islands by Puerto de la Cruz. He had a beautiful villa which he had initially bought as his holiday home in Tenerife with ocean views. There, he had settled permanently when he retired. He became even more attached by creating a beautiful garden and after remodeling his new home in a similar fashion as had been done with another Tenerife villa renovation.
Also, he was in love with Tenerife. His
frail body couldn't change such feeling after the cancer had hit him.
Besides, Tenerife living with its good climate was much better for him than the harsh
Northern Winters which he had always hated. Richard, managed to locate a good Tenerife
oncologist and went ahead with surgery and chemotherapy. Negative stories by locals who tried to warn him fell on deaf ears.
Richard called the operation by the Spanish surgeon Dr.Morales a great success. It had been done at the Santa Cruz University Hospital. They had removed his malicious tumor. However, it eventually came back. Once in a while I phoned him up. He was as happy as a man in his late sixties could be. Some friends and I joined him during his latest birthday party on his veranda. He had no complaints, except the one that follows.
Delays seemed long at Hospital Candelaria Santa Cruz waiting rooms, until Richard could have his three hour treatment. The situation was aggravated as the twelve chairs in the room couldn't seat all the patients. Would that really never have been tolerated in Germany? But Tinerfeños couldn't care less. They were just chatting happily. Richard added: "Unfortunately, I didn't understand a word. I so much wish I had learned Spanish' for better Tenerife living".
Richard said that several Guaguas (public
buses) stop outside this hospital by the TF5 that some locals call the
La Laguna hospital.
Later from 2012 onward,
ambulances took Richard back and forth to cancer check-ups at the very same
University Hospital Candelaria. Discover some interesting news by
Richard which regard drug costs in Tenerife, while other tips about
health care in Spain for tourists and expats are included
for better Tenerife living.
In 2013, Richard was not doing well. Suddenly, there was no more
telephone connection. I didn't pursue further. It would have upset me
too much. He was so brave and so positive. All he said all the time was
how lucky he was to be able to go on living in Tenerife. He would tell
me how nice his view was and other beautiful observations. Good old
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